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This paper explores various philosophical approaches to truth. Several outlooks are presented, then they are compared and contrasted with one another. The paper describes the basic tenets of these philosophical approaches to truth and how the major thinkers arrived at their conclusions, noting in particular how they gathered their information. Additionally the paper examines religious beliefs about truth, citing Christianity and Islam. The paper concludes by further questioning if years of scientific discovery have clarified truth. According to the paper, truth remains subjective.
From the Paper:"Additionally, we can also infer that there is no such thing as absolute truth since we are bound by our senses. It must be noted that a universal truth is also subjective because it is simply a unified truth contingent on the senses (which are subjective). Since truth is often subjective, it is therefore mutable and is thus subject to change. This ability to change creates a living paradox within the context of truth, because in essence there is no absolute truth in what is true when truth can contradict itself. Some have said that there is no certainty in life and. in essence. Without certainty there can be no absolute truth just universal and individual truth. Two contrasting views can both be true, and the contradictory truths are rectified by the fact that truth is subjective. Truth is relative to time, and once something has been invalidated it is no longer true. However, that falsification does not render the thought or concept to be untrue at the time that it was conceived. From the future point of view the belief is not true, but is that to say that at the time that the belief was uncontested it was not true. Certainly the concept of truth has been at the forefront of philosophical debate for centuries, and still remains one of the seminal questions under the rubric of philosophical inquiry."
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What is Truth? - An Inquiry (2011, December 29) Retrieved May 21, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/what-is-truth-an-inquiry-149734/
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