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Does Absolute Truth Exist?


Yes, absolute truth does exist.  How can we know this?  Because to insist that it doesn’t exist necessitates a self-defeating statement:

“There is no absolute truth! All truth is relative.” …to which one could then ask,

“Is that statement absolutely true?” …thereby showcasing the logical fallacy of denying absolute truth – claiming that there is no absolute truth is a refutation of that very claim.  mindblownThe Law of Noncontradiction in classical logic “…states that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time…”1

To say that absolute truth exists means that there are concepts, ideas, properties, and qualities in existence – which are inflexible facts that are the same for everyone, everywhere, at the same time.  This doesn’t mean that perceptions of the truth can’t be different or subjective.  For example, saying “it’s 5pm in San Diego” while it’s actually 9pm in New York doesn’t mean that truth is relative for different time zones, or that the truth has changed – it only means that the times are different in different locations.  The truth didn’t change.  It’s still absolutely true that it’s 5pm in San Diego, regardless of the times in other areas.

“…absolute truth is a logical necessity.  You can’t logically argue against the existence of absolute truth. To argue against something is to establish that a truth exists.2

Relativists, who claim that truth is just a matter of an individual’s opinion, however, “… defend their theory as an absolute… Relativists claim that truth lies in the individual’s perception; however, they are claiming it as an absolute; yet, at the same time, they are claiming that absolutes don’t exist. absolutesTherefore, it is a contradiction.”3  Relativism is defined as “the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.”4

reality

To question absolute truth is to question the existence of an objective reality.  Objectivism insists that reality is separate from perception, and that “… reality exists independently of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic.”5 For example, an Objectivist would say that the Moon is a certain shape, size, and distance from the Earth – no matter what it looks like or even if it can be seen at all.  Therefore, objects exist apart from perception – the Moon still exists for a blind man, even though he may never have seen it.  Conversely to this philosophy, there are some who disagree… actually clinging to the tenets of Subjective Idealism – the belief that the physical, material Universe only exists to the degree that it can be perceived!

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_noncontradiction1

Absolute–truth.com2

http://valme.io/c/philosophy/cmqqs/absolutism-vs-relativism-is-truth-subjective/3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relativism4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivism_%28Ayn_Rand%295

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2015 by in Current Events, Logic and tagged , , .
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