Some Aspects of Truth in Contemporary Philosophy

The author believes that the question, “What is Truth?” is basic to any educational philosophy which attempts to make prescriptions for educational practice. In this review of selected writings on the philosophy of truth, the author compares a few theories on truth in contemporary philosophy from 1956. Specifically, he discusses truth and meaning (correct grammatical arrangement), truth and verification (acquiring knowledge of truth or falsity), Alfred Tarski’s semantic concept of truth, and logical truth (only practically irrefutable through experience). He concludes that many of the differences in the reviewed works are superficial, and exist in the structure of language rather than in thought. For this reason, most contemporary philosophers are reluctant to approach the study of the concept of truth from a single viewpoint.

This article was originally published in Harvard Educational Review, 1956. The author was a professor of educational philosophy at Brigham Young University.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 16:1
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