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1 THE PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPT OF TRUTH1 THE PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPT OF TRUTHEpistemology is the study of what we know how we know and what we can or cannot know In Epistemology students are asked many questions about Truth and Knowledge Here are two basic questions that students may be asked What is Truth and Can we really have Truth The simple answer to this question is yes Truth in a philosophical term is defined as What the universe actually is not what one thinks it is or is not An opinion in philosophy does not count Good philosophers must be able to reason to others what they claiming are true Everyone has hisher own opinions If we allowed opinions in philosophy then there can be no such thing as truth If everyone has hisher own opinions what can be true for you may not be true for me and vice versa Being skeptical and saying that we can never know the truth does not change the way the universe actually is to something that it isnt For instance if I never went outside of my house or look outside my window I will never know that the sky is blue Even though I do not know that the sky is blue it doesnt change the fact that the sky is actually blueNow I would like to discuss with you two types of Truth The first type of Truth is called Normative Truth and second type of Truth is called Descriptive Truth Normative Truth is Permanent Truth Descriptive Truth is Temporary Truth Here is an example of Descriptive Truth - I am in Toronto This is currently true but what if I move to New York Here is another example of Descriptive Truth - The CN Tower is located in Toronto This is currently true but what if The CN Tower was moved to Montreal or destroyed Than the statement The CN Tower is located in Toronto
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