What is Truth?

Posted by $ Solver 11 months ago to Philosophy
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Is it true there’s no common truth, just your truth or my truth? Does truth even exist?

Good short video that points out what should be obvious, but these days doesn’t seem to be,

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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 11 months ago
    Sometimes the truth can be viewed in a positive way for some, and negative for others. That's an example of subjective judgement, which is what the left gets confused with the truth itself.

    When someone says "capitalists are greedy," my reaction is of course, because that's what makes capitalism work. Self interest is what keeps the economic engine running, but to the leftist, greed is a sin compared to the purity of altruism. From those contradictory perspectives, conservatives and objectivists perceive that greed, and capitalism, is good, while progressives perceive that capitalism is evil. That's one example how they arrive at differing views of the truth.
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 11 months ago
    I believe Ayn Rand said, "Truth is the recognition of reality." But in any case , to speak of "your truth", or "my truth", or "Joe Blow's" truth, is nonsense. A statement is either true, or it is not. (Thus spake Arisotole; see in Metaphysica, or Organon.)
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  • Posted by rtpetrick 11 months ago
    Truth is an external condition of what is real.
    Truth is independent of human interpretation.
    Truth has its own objective reality.
    Truth is something that has occurred in reality from which any number of opinions and histories can be formed,
    but they do not affect the actual objective reality of what happened.
    I simply don’t enjoy squandering what is left of my allotted time on Spaceship Earth, chasing spin and misinformation.
    I’m sorry if this position ruins the fun. Caulk it up to 16 years of Roman Catholic education and the teachings of Thomas Aquinas.
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  • Posted by mcsandberg 11 months ago
    My favorite way of dealing with the "My Truth" idiots is to cut a power cord in half. Take the end that has the plug that goes into the wall and strip a couple of inches of insulation off the cut end of it. Tell the "My Truther" to grasp one stripped end in each half. Plug it in...

    Looks like truth - 110 volts will hurt or kill you - is, indeed universal!
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  • Posted by $ 11 months ago
    “Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man’s only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.”

    “The truth or falsehood of all of man’s conclusions, inferences, thought and knowledge rests on the truth or falsehood of his definitions.”

    Both quotes by Ayn Rand
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  • Posted by chad 10 months, 4 weeks ago
    Trying to interpret truth is an attempt to make reality adapt to wishes instead of accepting what is real. Once reality is accepted for what it is then how to deal with reality to get desired outcome is possible. The only way to create an outcome based on wishes is to use violence to enforce the idea onto others to get them to advance the wishes of others.
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  • Posted by $ blarman 11 months ago
    Of course there are multiple versions of the truth! Why would you ever say something so discriminatory as "there is only one version of the truth"! I am shocked by your intolerance and racism. [/sarcasm]

    If there is no acknowledged truth, there can be no conversation, no working together with other people. Good luck with that.
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  • Posted by bsmith51 11 months ago
    Paul Johnson, in his 1983 book, "Modern Times; The World From the 1920s to the 1980s," opines that Einstein's theory of relativity provided the impetus for the notion of moral relativism, allowing the killing of over 100 million people by various socialist/communist dictators.
    Socialism really is a mental disorder.
    You can decide for yourself whether you think Johnson's linkage between scientific and moral relativism is valid. .
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  • Posted by wmiranda 11 months ago
    When I hear "Let's agree to disagree". I cringe. I usually make a determination right at the beginning, whether or not I'm going to discuss something, depending on the person in front of me. Sometimes, the person is worth having the discussion with and sometimes they're not. If not, I don't even bother having the discussion, for I don't want to hear "let's agree to disagree". When both parties think they have their own truth and truth is relative, what happens to the actual truth? It's abandoned, like throwing a piece of trash in the garbage, by one or both parties.
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  • Posted by mia767ca 11 months ago
    all knowledge is hierarchical...read "into to objectivist epistemology"...and then "evidence of the senses" and "art of reason" by david Kelley...truth is objective and not subjective...
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  • Posted by $ 11 months ago
    Postmodernism was invented primarily because many have said something is the truth without empirical evidence proving such.

    Many say that no Gods exist. Others say that one or more Gods exist. Only one of those is the truth. And even that depends on the defining what “God” actually is.

    Many say the truth is in supernatural or mystical realms, and objective reality is not real.

    Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
    -John 14:6
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