There is no 'Absolute Truth'!
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#1 Feb 18, 2013
The priests of religion and philosophy will attempt to convince you that absolute truth, and even mere contingent truth, exist. Somehow we are led to believe that 'truth' is in the world, waiting to be discovered, analyzed and worshiped. But the rest of us won't fall for their philosophical and religious sophistry.
For all intents and purposes, we assume the world to be objective. But many confuse this notion with the world having truth. But this is not what truth is. The world may exist without people in it, but this does not mean 'truth' exists separate from human existence.
See,'truth' is the concept of determining if a statement or proposition resolves to nature. When we make a claim, such as "Little Billy is at home", we are asserting the world to be a particular condition. In other words, we are asserting that the object referent 'Little Billy' has an association with the second referent 'home'. When the proposition, "Little Billy is at home", and the condition in nature it is attempting to describe are questioned, we employ human observation to determine if the proposition resolves to the world and the conditions asserted by the statement. Literally, we 'look' to see if 'Little Billy' is 'at home'. The only way of determining if the statement is 'true' is to verify by observation.
Since observational verification can only be accomplished by a human subject,'truth' by nature is SUBJECT-ive.
However, as critical thinkers, the only means to rationally explain nature and how it works is to use objective terms. Nature is objective, i.e. observer-independent, so the explanations we use should also be objective, i.e., observer-independent. Is 'is-ought' dilemma is not ethical, but necessary to avoid the pit-falls of subjective opinion and mass delusion.
This mandate to maintain objective terms is necessary, if not crucial, to rationally explaining nature and its workings.
But this post header claimed that absolute truth does not exist. The only way to rationally analyze this notion is to provide objective definitions for the terms we use. We have already provided a definition for 'truth'. It is a concept that relates an observer with statements about the world, is it not an object, and therefore does not 'exist'.
However, the definition for 'absolute' seems to have various connotations. Some might posit it means without any conditions, while others have a more difficult time defining 'absolute' without associating it with the notion of 'truth'. In those cases,'absolute truth' might mean truth which transcends contingency; something is truth regardless of time, place or person. Others might propose the definition of 'absolute' to entail necessity, in other words, it is impossible for something to not be.
All of these definitions seems to have one element in common; that 'absolute' bears no relationship to any conditions of the natural world. However, we begin to see that conjoining the two terms 'absolute' with 'truth', we get contradictory definitions.
'Absolute' means to not have any relations with the world, while 'truth' means a relationship between an observer, at least one proposition and the way the world is. How can a notion like 'absolute truth' even be possible if it entails the two contradictory notions of being dependent on the way the world is and NOT being dependent on the way the world is?
It isn't possible... and that's the bottom line! The very definitions preclude the impossibility of 'absolute truth'! Very much like the definitions of 'square' and 'circle' preclude the impossibility of a 'square circle' or 'round square'.
Some might think they are clever and ask "well, isn't your claim that 'absolute truth does not exist' make an absolute claim?" But the philosophical sophistry does not demonstrate anything...
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