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The Dallas Examined Life Philosophy Group Message Board › no objective truth?

no objective truth?

Lewisville, TX
Post #: 101
Last night a couple people said there is no objective truth.

In explaining this two examples were discussed:

P1 The earth is flat

P2 God exists.

In both cases, the claim was made that P1 and/or P2 might be true for one person and false for someone else.**

But let's consider the assertion:

P3 There is no objective truth

Is that assertion objectively true?

If you say that P3 means there is objective truth for some people and not for others, you have a contradiction. Objectivity by definition means it pertains to all regardless of what they think about it. So the assertion becomes meaningless.

So if instead you say P3 means there is no objective truth for anyone, you have just made a statement that purports to be an objective statement; it is talking about what is true for everyone regardless of what they believe. But that also would also lead to a contradiction.

Some definitions used in philosophy:

Truth- That which corresponds to reality. http://en.wikipedia.o...­

Objectivity- the assertion is accurate regardless of whether a group of people believe it.

(**Keep in mind this NOT questioning whether we can KNOW whether an assertion is true or false. That is a COMPLETELY different issue.

I would argue P1 has been falsified by a huge amount of evidence, so we can know it is false, whereas I personally do not know if P2 is correct or not. We can leave these questions for another

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