Monday, June 19, 2017
Week 3 Is truth ever-changing like James suggests in Lecture VII
I had never wrestled with the concept of the “truth” being ever-changing. I always assumed the truth to be final and resolute. It had never dawned on me that the concepts that we find as “truth” in our lifetime, evolve over time as new generations discover and uncover more information. But this is a very accurate and interesting assessment. The people that held the assertion that the world was flat, held that to be an absolute truth, until it was discovered that the world was actually round. Many discoveries have been made over the centuries that cause the old “truths” to be re-formatted and re-defined. And as time goes on, and more knowledge is acquired those re-formatted and re-defined truths will become altered again. James offers that, “We have to live to-day by what truth we can get to-day, and be ready to-morrow to call it falsehood” and I do agree with the necessity to be flexible in our assessment of perceived truth and understand that there may not be finality in ideals we think of as truth, but that the only real truth in “truth” is that it is ever-changing. Another difficult for me within philosophy is the ability to be swayed by logical reasoning. James’ viewpoints are those of rational, logical explanation. His assertion that “THE truth is simply an abstraction from the facts of the truth in the plural “is a powerful theory that I had never entertained before reading his works. But the danger for me is being easily swayed at present until I uncover a different perspective that shifts my opinion and my “truth” again in a different direction. At times it seems the cycle is never-ending and I wonder what are my actual beliefs and will I ever find an semblance of an absolute truth?