I'm trying to run down a quote from (I think) Hegel which I read several years ago and have not been able to find since.

The gist of it is this...

"What an animal, for the sake of its own survival, needs to believe the truth to be needn't bear any relationship to what the truth actually is."

Does this, or something close to it, ring a bell with anyone? If so, I'd appreciate any guidance you might be able to give that would help me to run down the exact quote, its author (as I say, I think it was Hegel) and the work in which author wrote it.



  • I can't help you with that quote, sorry, but this paper covers similar terrain, and you might find it useful: McKay, R. T., & Dennett, D. C. (2009). Our evolving beliefs about evolved misbelief. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(6), 541–561. – Schiphol Feb 9 at 15:12
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    Oh...thank you. I'll take a look. – wald1900 Feb 9 at 15:19
  • Maybe this ? George Orwell, Looking Back on the Spanish Civil War (1943): "Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie." – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Feb 9 at 15:43
  • Thank you. I don't think this is what I was looking for, but I really appreciate the time you took to try. Notwithstanding this, in light of times in which we find ourselves living, Orwell's observation is fascinating. Thank you for sharing it. – wald1900 Feb 9 at 15:49
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    Thank you all for taking the time to respond. After looking through your responses, I'm beginning to wonder whether the precise quote that I think I'm looking for even exists. Insofar as the quote captures an insight that is far more clever than I could ever make up on my own, I tend to suspect that it does exist, but that I've fed you insufficient or erroneous clues to help me find it. Although my query hasn't yielded the answer I was looking for, your thoughts and suggestions have nonetheless pointed me towards other resources that are helpful with my theme. And for that, I thank you. – wald1900 Feb 11 at 14:43

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