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"Different cultures have different truths". "A truth is that which can be accepted universally". What are the implications for knowledge of agreeing with these opposing statements? "Different cultures have different truths"

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Valerie Abad Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Theory of Knowledge Dr. Rossi Out-of-Class Essay #1 Word Count: Question Selected: 2) "Different cultures have different truths". "A truth is that which can be accepted universally". What are the implications for knowledge of agreeing with these opposing statements? "Different cultures have different truths" and "A truth is that which can be accepted universally" are two very opposing statements which can rely on each other or can be complete contradictions of each other. There are numerous amounts of cultural aspects that affect the definitions of true statements to each culture but there are also so many truths that are regarded globally by all people, from all different cultures combined together. Both statements need each other to define truth in a way that it doesn't end up being false and doesn't end up being dependent of everybody's belief. These two quotes separate truth into two parts: cultural truth and global truth. Different opinions can either agree to one quote, both quotes, or neither of the quotes. ...read more.

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For example, a few centuries ago, people thought that the Earth was flat. They had studied this fact many times, they had tried to prove it many times, and in the end, everybody who was involved in the study of this fact ended up persuading everyone else that the Earth was flat. Now, this statement didn't necessarily have to be true, but it was true to everybody because it was everybody's belief. Truth cannot be true for me and not true for you. It has to be true to everybody so in this case, at the time, the fact that this Earth was flat was truth for everybody. Of course, in the future, people contradicted this statement, and it became false because now everybody knows that the Earth is round. Now the universal truth is this fact: that the Earth is round. However, centuries ago the universal truth was that the Earth was flat. It is very contradicting and difficult to believe both quotes because the quote about having different truths in different cultures contradicts the statement that truths cannot be true for me and not true for you. ...read more.

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Politicians, businessmen, lovers, siblings, and professional colleagues routinely tell us things that are not true. Untruths become lies when spoken knowingly. Unwilful untruth is just ignorance and is to be overcome, like a river in one's path or a sore muscle. Wilful untruth is the telling of lies; it should be fought with passion and without mercy, ripped flesh from bones and left to rot in the cold light of day. As you can see, different cultures obtain different truths based on their cultural aspects but the world obtains global truths that depend on the global aspects that relate to all the people of the planet. You need all of these kinds of truths in order to create the truth that can be defined from all three theories of truth: the pragmatic theory of truth, the coherence theory of truth, and the correspondence theory of truth. Many perspectives can argue that only one quote can be stated, that both quotes can be stated, or that none should be stated. Nevertheless, both quotes can apply to the truth that people live with, but the opinion of which atmosphere of truth really exists is up to the person's beliefs. ...read more.

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