Lecture Notes.

Module Five: Session Two

Theories of Truth


Mystery Hill
  • Subjectivism is the incorrect notion that truth is relative to individuals.
    Here is what the theory says. (Remember, this theory is incorrect.)
    • Note: Do not confuse subjective claims with subjectivism. They are different concepts.
  • 1.Truth depends upon what each person believes it to be.
  • 2. Truth itself is subjective, not objective.
  • 3. Subjectivists say things like, "This is my truth and that's your truth." and, "That may be true for you, but it's not true for me."
  • Consider the following:
    • 1. The earth moves around the sun.
    • 2. 2 + 2 = 4.
    • 3. Bachelors have no wives.
    • 4. Dogs aren't cats.
    • 5. World War II actually happened.
  • Does it make any sense to say these things may be true for one person but not for another? Of course not.

Problems with subjectivism

  • 1.If we could make a statement true by believing it to be true, we'd be infallible.
  • 2. If everyone made their own truth, disagreement would be pointless.
  • 3. EVERYONE would be right!
  • 4. That means that the belief the subjectivism is false is true. That results in a catastrophic contradiction, proving that subjectivism is false.
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