Definition Essay On Truth

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Truth. People use this word almost everyday. And the question “What is truth?” dates back before Galileo, Plato, and Aristotle. People have tried to unpack the meaning of this simple five letter word and yet it has grown and become more complex than ever. There are of course different opinion that people say are truths such as, “I like that color.” Other truths include facts such as, “There are 12 inches in 1 foot.” Then there are truths that people connect to their identity: race, gender, career, etc. People connect the word “truth” to all these subjects. When focusing on the actual definition of truth this doesn’t seem entirely the correct usage of the word. In today’s society truth is often seen as relative. It’s a relative word with…show more content…
“[T]heory is the framework for observations and facts. Theories may change, or the way that they are interpreted may change, but the facts themselves don't change.” Once the facts and truths of the idea have been set, they cannot change. Eventually with enough facts (truths) this hypothesis can be claimed as a fact itself. It is deemed truth. Of course people have different values, morals, opinions, views, etc. All of the mentioned are truths, but a different kind than your average dictionary definition. These truths are called “personal truth” truths that only apply to or are true to and for that person. According to Martin Alberto, who studied philosophy at the University of Toronto, personal truths, “cannot be just likes and dislikes, it has to be something more serious and lasting, based on two things: experience and long reflection; something that becomes like a second nature, not likely to be abandoned or changed to something else… [they are] derive[d] from, and are entrenched in, one's character. Hence a disposition to act in a certain way in given circumstances. Personal truths, thus, are another name for virtues,” In the general definition of “truth” these are only opinions and beliefs unless proven to be fact, certain, and
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