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November 4, 2019

The metaphysics of truth

Some people find it very rude to hear somebody say that truth doesn’t exist. However, truth doesn’t exist. Truth is not a being: speaking of truth is just one of various ways to add the predicate ‘true’ to a proposition. Expressing truth In ordinary language, the metaphysical status of ‘truth’ is very much messed around with. “John tells the truth” […]
November 14, 2019

The epistemology of truth

After previously discussing if truth exists (The metaphysics of truth), this article focuses on the question if truth can be known. What can I know about my brown table? Under what conditions can we consider ‘true’ to be a predicate or to express a relation between facts? How is truth created? Ancients and Christians The source of truth has long […]
December 21, 2019

Why can’t they just let Him be?

Degrees of belief in God (or gods) come in many varieties. Most of these degrees depend on the question to what extent God is thought to intervene in the affairs of the world. According to most believers, after creation, an almighty, omnipresent, omniscient and benevolent God actively takes care of the universe (theism), while minorities believe that the universe develops […]
December 24, 2019

God as stopgap

An awkward, yet frequent argument for the existence of God is that science is unable to explain everything. In this view God is complete knowledge minus science. As scientific knowledge grows, God is confined to a constantly shrinking, mystic leftover territory. In this article, I shall argue that the supposed contrast between science and religion is of a much different […]
December 25, 2019

Leap of faith

Emptying his glass – see: God as stopgap –, at some point Werner Heisenberg may have moved from knowledge to faith, deeply impressed by the ingenuity of the universe. Here, Heisenberg crossed a clear-cut horizon. In natural science, explanations are essentially third-person. This type of knowledge can be distinguished from meaning, from understanding as well as from faith; these are […]
January 11, 2020

Knowledge and truth

In 1963, Edmund Gettier invented some cases of being justified to believe something that is in fact false. Gettier addressed the relation between justification and truth to prove that justified true belief is a questionable definition of knowledge. Since then, opinions about the precise nature of knowledge continue to differ. Knowledge of truth and truth of knowledge Reality is the […]
February 12, 2020

The ethics of truth – religion

“Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” This classic oath is still sworn countless times every day. There have been objections focusing on its religious character; affirmations have been made possible from the 17th century onward. In the United States, either “so help you God” […]
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