Ancient wisdom has it that w hereof you cannot speak, thereof you must be silent. Poets delighted or distressed with the complex web of often inconunensurable partic ularities of real or im agin ed experiences refuse to be silent and ignore Wittgenstein's dictum that w hat cannot be said cannot be whistled either. But between silence and poetic whistling  there are the noises   of the narrative fiction. Although philosophers are quite garrulous about their commitment to their exploration of truth and nothing but the truth, Rorty has assured us that philosophy is one of the varied types of narrative fiction. As if to make matters even more post-modern, philosophically sensitive, learned mathematician, GianCarlo Rota highlights the spuriousness of the distinction, if not between truth and lies, at least between truth an d invention when he approvingly quotes the following (translation of a) verse of the Spanish poet

Published: 2005-12-31