Theories of Truth

The introduction to this unit identified four distinct approaches to our understanding of truth:

Correspondence theory.
Coherence theory.
Pragmatic theory.
Cognitive relativism.
Think of a statement about ordinary life whose truth conditions seem to fit best naturally with one of these approaches in particular. Explain your example, and then think about what it would be like to assess the truth of this statement from one of the other approaches: What does the contrast tell us about how we understand the world around us?

Response Guidelines
Review the posts and respond to at least two learners. When responding, try to stretch the example even further by applying a third or fourth approach to the same statement. Indicate how your peer’s comments have enriched your own understanding of the issues by reinforcing what had already occurred to you or by challenging the accuracy of your perceptions.

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