The Nature of Truth Essay

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The Nature of Truth The nature of truth has been linked with the good and the beautiful as one of man's supreme values. The pursuit of truth is indistinguishable in practice from the pursuit of knowledge, whether about the environment, nature, ethnical duties and ideas, or the relation to the divine.( Boodin 208-209 ) The complete understanding of the nature of truth is not humanely achievable. From the natural events in our lives, we have ideas that we find are our personal truths. From these ideas, we have learned to comprehend life with reason and logic and we have found our idea of reality(Edwards 130). But it is our sense of reason and logic and our idea of truth that may likely to be wrong. Truth exists but is not…show more content…
Man has no innate ideas and that makes truth individual. Basically there are no simple ideas and everything could have multiple meanings. Since men create words and the words create the truth, truth then is a relative term. Truth is a concept in philosophy that treats the meaning of true and the standards by which we judge the truth or falsity in written statements.( Boodin 158 ). This can be explained by saying a set of words is true when it expresses a true thought. Rene Descartes, once said, "I am, [therefore] I exist." This statement contains the only truth found for certain in our "natural" experience that, as conscious beings, we exist. Whether we are our own creators, a creation, or the object of evolution, as long as we know that we think, we prove to exist. Descartes claims, "But certainly I should exist, if I were to persuade my self of something." Our existence is a truth, and may be the only truth, that we know is certain(Solomon 158). Plato developed an early version of the correspondence theory. He sought to understand the meaning of knowledge and how it is acquired(Boodin 173). Plato wanted to distinguish between true and false belief. His theory was based on intuitive recognition that true statements correspond to the facts, while false statements do not. Plato recognized this theory as unsatisfactory because it did not allow false belief. Plato stated that if a belief was false because
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