Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth!

Humankind cannot bear very much reality. ~T.S. Eliot

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. ~Mahatma Gandhi

There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values. ~David G. Myers, Social Psychology

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Thomas Nagel on Truth and Relativism said...

The Last Word (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 6,15.

Many forms of relativism and subjectivism collapse into either self-contradiction or vacuity — self-contradiction because they end up claiming that nothing is the case, or vacuity because they boil down to the assertion that anything we say or believe is something we say or believe. I think that all general and most restricted forms of subjectivism that do not fail in either of these ways are pretty clearly false. It is usually a good strategy to ask whether a general claim about truth or meaning applies to itself.

Many theories, like logical positivism, can be eliminated immediately by this test. The familiar point that relativism is self-refuting remains valid in spite of its familiarity: We cannot criticize some of our own claims of reason without employing reason at some other point to formulate and support those criticisms.

Absolute Truth - A Logical Necessity

I will not give an argument for relativism because an argument negates the possibility it exists.

~ anonymous

What is truth? And is there only one right answer?


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  2. Why are you deleting all of Human's comments? They were well thought-out and insightful. So much for a fair, open discussion when you're deleting people's opinions.

  3. We did not remove his post. The author Human chose to delete his own comment. We regret his decision, but we do not have any control over it.

  4. God Bless America.


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