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Three Tests of Truth Philosophy Essay -word count 1528In a court of law expert witnesses are required to demonstrate the truth beyond reasonable doubt This is difficult for a knower such as a historian to be able to assert this at the witness stand Lets say that a young couple has just been married The young couple stays together for a couple of months before they break up When the two individually write reports on why the divorce is necessary the judge is confused about the disparity between them Thus he calls upon a historian who specializes in the history of certain marriages and divorces to act as an expert witness for this court case The historian is given information on the case both first-hand by the husband and the wife as well as from some secondary sources This historians job is to use his expertise to determine the truth of what really happened that caused the divorce of the coupleFirst and foremost the historian knows that he must try to get as close to the objective truth as possible he has to select a single set of data from groups of different information to construct a single truth or what really happened Since he is dealing with a modern case as opposed to his usual account of a past divorce case the historian is tempted to list all the data from the primary sources Fortunately he remembers that listing all the different points of view is not more objective simply because they may contradict Regardless of the varying points of view the past event only could have occurred in one way-that is the truth Therefore to say that the event transpired in many different ways that are all equally valid is no longer a search for single truth As von Ranke said the historians task is to find out how it really was Consequently the historian tries to lift himself from the data He
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