Truth, Can We Know it Absolutely?

Absolute Truth, with a big “T”. What does that phrase stir up in you?

I’ve been thinking about my epistemological paradigm, or the way in which I construct my moral/philosophical/spiritual “framework”, lately…as many of you undoubtedly know. In this line of posts, there is The Mighty Crash and Our Impending Doom.

I left off Our Impending Doom by providing my current musings on the question, “Is there still a way to hold a few core beliefs without the rest of them being dependent on those at the core?”. I promised further explanation in the next post, but have slipped in a few between here and there…oh well, we’ve got to come up for air sometime eh?

Before I go into an explanation of the paradigm I’m currently test driving, let me get back to the problem–or depending on how you may see it–the solution at hand.

Absolute Truth.

Does absolute Truth exist? If so, what makes it “absolute”? More importantly (to me), if absolute Truth does exist, can we possibly know it absolutely?

In your experience, what does a life believing in and built upon absolute Truths look like? Likewise, what does a life lived by philosophical relativism consist of?

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  • Chelsie Harris

    In similar musings, I’ve come to especially dig the thought that change is an ultimate truth….or absolute truth, and potentially (again, leaving that 3 ft of personal space for can-cans, 180′s, and backflips) the only one we can know at the present time-or in this life. It seems to be one of the only absolute truths I’ve experienced.

    Life changes continuously and always into another form of itself. Love and Eternity are realities or existences, but they are realities we can chose to opt in or out of in our personal mentalities. We CAN’T opt out of change. It happens around us and in us (hello Time!) regardless of how stubbornly we might attempt to stagnate. Absolute Truth should be a matter we haven’t a choice in, otherwise it couldn’t be constant. Eh??

    Philosophical relativism pretty much perpetuates Change as an A.T…

    For the sake of sanity and time, I’ll leave the chicken bone to be picked apart :)

    Chelsie Harris’s last blog post..Circle of Life…really.

  • Jeffrey

    i’m totally with ya chelse (and sorry for the time it took me to respond, sheesh).

    i like what you said about an “absolute truth” being something we haven’t a choice in. I see that. in order for it to be an “absolute” it would have to be true for everyone, transcendent of culture, time, space, etc.

    Change is definite the only constant that i know of fitting that criteria.