The Nature and Importance of Truth Essays

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What exactly is truth? What is true? These questions are two completely different questions. In order to answer what is true, you must first determine what truth actually is. If we look in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, we see the definition that says “The things that are true”. This is not what we are looking for in a definition of this word, but really there is no defining line between what is true, and what is not. Truth is essentially divided into two main types of truth. There is empirical truth that is what is observed, what can be tangibly learned from observation. For an example we look at, Starbucks makes coffee and other hot beverages. This is a form of empirical truth, which is what is observed. Other than the empirical…show more content…
( insert citation, IEP website). Now that we have the basics of the correspondence theory, we have an issue. The issue that religion brings into play. Christians believe that Jesus is lord, and that the earth was created by God. But how can some people believe this to be true, and some not? This is because Christians use the bible, and history to determine their fact, whereas some people would dismiss this as fact, or evidence in proof of anything. ( insert citation, Denver Sem. Website) The correspondence theory of truth relies of fact and reality. What we can tangibly feel, and have evidence for. Aristotle once said that “to say that which is, is not, or that which is not, is a falsehood; and to say that which is, is, and that which is not is not, is true.” Aristotle is saying, that what we can see in reality is actually truth, but if we were to say that snow falls from the sky blue, then we would have a false claim, or a lie (Lynch, 2001, page 9). The Coherence theory of truth is usually come to by philosophers because of the lack of understanding of the correspondence theory. “A coherence theory of truth states that the truth of any (true) proposition consists in its coherence with some specified set of propositions.” This definition is given to us by the stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Young, 2013). There are few details that make this differ from the counterpart of correspondence theory, these
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