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ruth is it for real By Mike Labatte The Only Truth Existing We are then faced with a quite simple alternative Either we deny that there is here anything that can be called truth - a choice that would make us deny what we experience most profoundly as our own being or we must look beyond the realm of our natural experience for a validation of our certainty Plato developed an early version of the correspondence theory He sought to understand the meaning of knowledge and how it is acquired Plato wanted to distinguish between true and false belief His theory was based on intuitive recognition that true statements correspond to the facts while false statements do not Plato recognized this theory as unsatisfactory because it did not allow false belief Plato stated that if a belief was false because no fact proved it to be true then it would be a belief about nothing or not even a belief at all The correspondence theory of truth is really no more than an expressio n of how the word truth is defined not that it has a particular nature in itself A famous philosopher Rene Descartes once stated I am therefore I exist This statement holds the only truth found for certain in our natural experience that as conscious beings we exist Whether we are our own creators a creation or the object of evolution just as long as we believe that we think we are proved to exist Thinking about our thoughts is an automatic validation of our self-consciousness Descartes claims But certainly I should exist if I were to persuade my self of something And so I should conclude that our existence is a truth and may be the only truth that we should find its certainty From the natural experiences of our being we hold beliefs that we find are our personal truths From these experiences we have learned to understand life
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