The Emperor’s clothes

Walter Russell Brain, The nature of experience, Londres, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 2.

Philosophies illustrate the fairy story of the Emperor’s clothes in reverse.
The philosophy claims to be naked-the naked truth- but the eye of a child sees it to be wearing the oddest collection of old clothes, some inherited from the past, and some painstakingly made by philosopher, like a caddis-worm, from such materials as he happened to have at hand. Indeed we may come to the conclusion that the important thing about truth is not that it should be naked but what clothes suit it best, and wheteher it best.