Video length: 7 min.
In praise of the nuance. And why it matters.
“People who speak without nuance seem to be right“, launches the philosopher Étienne Klein. Indeed, according to him, the nuance is intimately linked to doubt, uncertainty and prudence.”We know very well that it is not in the most extreme positions that we find the truth, but in overlaps, in superimpositions, in nuance“, he explains.
For the philosopher of science, there is a tendency to be more extreme on social media. Conversely, individuals who exchange face to face will be more nuanced. “In other words, when you are physically in front of someone, the nuance returns“, he specifies. He adds:”Me, I was insulted on social networks by people I ended up meeting, they were absolutely charming. “
Also, Étienne Klein raises a language crisis. “That is to say, we talk a lot with slogans, or proclaiming a slogan and thinking, these are two completely different things “, he develops. Indeed, he considers that we “spoil“language in particular through our use of short sentences and often without a constructed argument.”We provoke clashes rather than leaving room for nuance precisely and the truth is undoubtedly not easy to say“, explains Étienne Klein.