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One version of relative truth is used when people disagree A person might say Well that may be truefor you but its not true for me The implication here is often that there is no real truth to the matter butis instead a matter merely of belief You believe what you want to believe and Ill believe what I wantto believe and lets go on our merry way You can see what a boon to self-deception a mechanism likethis could be You can believe anything and no one would have the right to tell you that you cantSo one can isolate oneself and ones beliefs from the critical evaluation of others because what alsogoes without saying in this framework of relative truth is that no one besides yourself can tell you whatis true for you The closest another could come would be to say something like Its true for me thatits not true for you This is never actually done in the true for me game But if it were then since allthat the other would be expressing is what is true for them even though your beliefs are the subject oftheir truth there opinion has no real importance except to them It is only true in their world whichis inaccessible to you You can dismiss it and forget itWe can see that by this view true for me just means that I believe it The word true is in there togive the belief its own legitimacy You may ask What does I believe it mean There doesnt seemto be any way of answering this without saying I believe it to be TRUE And so we see that for it tomean anything to have a believe we must already presuppose that there is an actual truth or falsity tothe matter that is the subject of the belief This is another thing denied by the relativists He often saysthere is no real truth only what is
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