Personal Truth

This is not a post about politics or a person’s right to worship. This is a post about philosophy.

I do not think you should claim the right to believe in a personal truth. All ideas are subject to criticism. Claiming you have a personal truth is claiming you have been revealed something that can never be proven wrong—no matter what. You are claiming you are right because of your personal truth, but this is not a defense for an argument about what’s true.

 

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  9 comments for “Personal Truth

  1. July 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Surely as soon as you believe anything it becomes a personal truth?

    • July 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      I would believe it to be true but I wouldn’t say it’s a ‘truth’. As a skeptic I say anything is possible, just show me the evidence

      • July 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        Fair enough. I understand your point of view but personally I believe all ‘evidence’ is subjective so personal truth is pretty much all there is.

      • July 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        I would define that as personal opinion not personal truth.

        Haha don’t you love the semantics?

        Thank you for reading!

  2. July 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Of course an epistemological problem is how to distinguish between a personal truth and a mental delusion.

    • July 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you for reading!

      That’s a good conversation you mentioned right there

  3. July 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Unfortunately it is a somewhat vacuous argument misused and abused by both sophomoric atheists and religionists alike in a vain attempt to refute the beliefs of others. Logically, ultimate truth is not personal, yet too many naively believe they can have full understanding of it from partial information and jump to personal conclusions. This can be seen in politics, religious fundamentalism (including atheism), and just about every activist cause, and is rife in academia. Meanwhile life goes on and we get no closer to discerning ultimate truth. Such is the folly of man.

  4. July 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Hmmmm….

    I’ve encountered many with a claim at personal truth, but as a spiritual experience. Most of them don’t use it as an argument towards objective truth. Which is good, because one person’s vision is another’s REM or hallucination.

    But, who can argue? The person claims the personal experience happened, and perhaps it is more true to them that it happened than that the mind does funny shit. Perspective…

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