Does every question have an answer(s)?

Answer by Mario Savioni:

Yes. I say this because language to communicate questions is dependent upon words, which both in terms of individual words and as phrases have connotations and denotations. Inherent in these elements is meaning. In meaning, we can derive answers because we are brought closer to context. An answer, for example is a conclusion. You never said the answer had to be correct. You implied that there could be many answers. This reminds me of Oliver Wendell Holmes arguing with his clerk every morning and winning every time. As men/women we are limited by language both to communicate and to understand. Language is the extent of our questions and answers. Our world is limited to our senses. Language communicates what we think and feel. Our imaginations, as Lakoff said, are contingent upon our bodies. Our answers may always be as we, as a species, think.

And if we rely on scientific answers, for example, it was Thomas S. Kuhn, who said in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions that, “Periods of…conceptual continuity in normal science were interrupted by periods of revolutionary science,” thus implying changes in understanding of the world. We may never have a correct answer, we may have an evolving understanding of our lives.

I am often fond of the best answer given our limited understanding. Sometimes things just seem correct in the minute, which is akin to catharsis derived from looking at art.

Does every question have an answer(s)?


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