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The Impossibility of the Truth About Truth

In the dawn of the 20th century you had a grand many new thinkers, and
the ideas and definitions of words changed greatly because of them. The word
that had some of the most modern definitions for it was truth, some believe that
truth is a fact, a solid object that can take on no other form. While others saw
truth as a word that was widely regarded as individual, that truth was something
that came through individual thoughts and beliefs.
Gilbert Harman was a philosopher who was born in 1938 and has been
teaching at Princeton University since 1963, and has published books on the
philosophy of language, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, ethics, moral
psychology, epistemology, statistical learning theory, and metaphysics. In his
books, Thought and Change in View, Harman discusses the view that everyone
knows the truth, for the truth is anything that you can believe. If you are able to
come to a logical conclusion as to your belief, then it is truth.
Gilbert Harmans views on truth are very similar to my own in the way that
Truth is universal and can be believed by anyone. For as long as you believe it
than to you it is truth for Truth can only come through belief. Any truth that
someone is able to be explained is the very essence of Truth as things that are

considered to be true by society are in reality just beliefs that someone held
until he proved it.
Fred Dretske was born in 1932 and died in 2013. He worked at Duke
university as a Philosophy professor until his death. In his books Seeing and
Knowing and Knowledge and the Flow of Information Dretske talks about his
views on Truth in the form of information. He believes that information is the only
way to perceive truth as perception is the only way to find information. He views
truth as being the only thing that can be seen and then come to by valid
conclusions. To explain Dretskes idea I will give an example, the truth is that the
water is boiling, to know this truth you must first see the water boiling, or hear the
water boiling, or know the water is boiling by some other means. Once you know
the water is boiling you must make sure that the water is boiling by the use of
another form of information gathering. Once you are sure that the information
that you have gathered is accurate then you may call it truth.
Dretskes views on Truth are in reality quite similar to mine. He sees the
world as being full of truth but the only way to find the truth is to seek it out using
logical means. That isnt to say that many people might have different views and
ideas about what truth actually is, for many people will all be able to come to
multiply conclusions about what the truth is.
Berit Brogaard is an american philosopher who was born in 1970. Her
field of study fall under cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and

philosophy of language. Her recent work concerns synesthesia, savant


syndrome, blindsight and perceptual reports. She is Professor of Philosophy in
the Department of Philosophy and runs a perception lab at the University of
Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Brogaards views on truth can be found in her
book Transient Truths, Brogaard believes that truth can change along with time
as things change around the initial truth. That something that is true one day
with not be true the next as things are changing faster and faster so does the
truth.
Now I have to disagree with Brogaards views in this instance, while it is
possible for truth to change as things develop, I disagree that every truth will
inevitably change. As a christian I believe that God had made where perfect the
first time and that is the overall scheme of things, the perfection of it will not
change.
Truth is an item that has many different meanings and has been the topic
of philosophical debate for a very long time. However truth is an item that must
not be thought too much on as the truth of truth is impossible to discover in full. I
believe that truth is totally up to the person who is defining truth and as such has
no possibility in being defined.