Does the truth exist independently of the mind?
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What are human concepts?
Do they exist out of our imagination in some "Platonic Realm"?
Or do they exist as bits of imagined fantasy that we made up to describe what we think is true and what is false?
Truth refers to propositions.
So, if I say that Santa is real, that it's a true fact about our shared reality, I have made a truth claim.
If I say that God is real, I am making a truth claim.
By using the word "truth" in these two instances, I really mean that in my opinion, both Santa and God are in accordance with reality, in that they exist. If I were to say that those two propositions are not true, I just mean that I don't think they exist.
The word "true" is not something that exists in reality... like Santa might or God might or a rock might.
The word "true" refers to my acceptance that some proposition, or some claim is in accordance with everything else that I say I know about reality.
We have overwhelming evidence that human concepts exist in our human comprehension.. in our imaginations, in our minds. We have zero evidence that the "truth" exists somewhere out there.. outside of our minds.
Therefore, I say that the truth is subjective, because what I might think is true is relative to me.. I am the subject.
While my opponent might say that the truth is "out there" and is the same for everyone.
My opponent wont be able to say that the truth depends on a subject, and must say that truth has to have an objective existence independent of any subject.
I am very often wrong about what I consider to be true.
The Buddhists have a saying that the finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.
We use labels to point to our ideas.. to communicate to others our ideas.
Another way of saying that is the map is not the territory. A map is another label for a part of the world, but is not that part of the world itself. A map is a guide, but what it's guiding us to isn't the map. It's the part of the world.
That judgment is personal to the subject making that judgment, i.e., a human being.I label that judgment true or false depending on our criteria.My criteria is personal, and therefore, subjective...When I make the judgment, the person making that judgment is the subject and I am that subject.There is no evidence for my judgment being somehow, outside of my own reasoning, emotions, values and so on.
I might agree that X is true with most people on the planet, but each person has to come to this agreement in a personal, unique, and thereby subjective manner. An agreement cannot exist outside of those subjects.. the people who say that X is true.Truth is a label ... its a word that I use to describe that I think that something comports to reality.I have a personal view of what reality is.. and how it works.
I can go by science, I can go by what my religion tells me but I have my own personal view of reality.I might be wrong about that view, and so what I think is true might not be true.But I think it is true.Even when I'm wrong, I might think that what I am judging is true.My certainty about something being true is not a guarantee that it is true.I am very often wrong about what I consider to be true.
My main argument is that ideas like "unicorn", "pizza", "god", "redness", exist in the mind. So does the idea of "falsehood" and so does the idea of "truth". The mind is dependent on the subject. So are, therefore, ideas that exist in the mind.
The Buddhists have a saying that the finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.We use labels to point to our ideas.. to communicate to others our ideas.Another way of saying that is the map is not the territory. A map is another label for a part of the world, but is not that part of the world itself. A map is a guide, but what it's guiding us to isn't the map. It's the part of the world.I attach the label true to those things I consider to be real.. like pizzas and redness. I attach the label "false" to those concepts, those ideas that I consider to not exist.. like fairies, like ghosts. The label itself does not exist in the way that a rock, a pizza, or a particular wavelength of light as in my example of the word "red" exists.
Rocks, pizzas, wavelengths of light do exist outside of my mind.Fairness, liberty, happiness, anger does not exist outside of my mind.
Subjective truth depends on a subject.Truth is a human concept that depends on a subject.Human concepts can change, can be influenced by personal growth, personal experience, personal emotions, personal cultural values, by language, by a personal ability to perceive certain things and not others.