The Philosophy of Literary Form

“I fear that metaphysics, gentlemen, is a living lie. What does the metaphysician do? He begins, like any artist, with himself and his corresponding set of values. Then he figures out what the world ought to be such and such if these values are to be imbued with universal validity.”

In this sentence Burke tactfully turns the concept of a sort of universal objective truth into question by interrogating the inherent subjectivity of creating such “truths”. For necessarily, when such value judgments are created in terms of deciding what is real and good then other valued are placed over top of what is, because…what is decided and deciphered by humans who are subject to their own terministic screens and prejudices.