On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings, William James

in the linked talk James was writing before all of the quite legitimate concerns of the “linguistic” turn but his larger point about us always-already-being-in-the-midst-of-situated-interests holds to this day.

“[N]either the whole of truth nor the whole of good is revealed to any single observer, although each observer gains a partial superiority of insight from the peculiar position in which he stands. Even prisons and sick-rooms have their special revelations. It is enough to ask of each of us that he should be faithful to his own opportunities and make the most of his own blessings, without presuming to regulate the rest of the vast field.” – William James, ‘On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings’ (1899)