Most people then conclude that probably the welfare of animals is moderately important in the same way the welfare of various other demographic groups like elderly people or Norwegians is moderately important — one more thing to plug into the moral calculus. If it takes a thousand chickens to have the moral weight of one human, the importance of chicken suffering alone is probably within an order of magnitude of all human suffering.
The correspondence theory The classic suggestion comes from Aristotle — bce: This idea appeals to common sense and is the germ of what is called the correspondence theory of truth.
As it stands, however, it is little more than a platitude and far less than a theory. Unfortunately, many philosophers doubt whether an acceptable explanation of facts and correspondence can be given.
Facts, as they point out, are strange entities. It is tempting to think of them as structures or arrangements of things in the world. However, as the Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein observed, structures have spatial locations, but facts do not.
Thus, there is no enterprise of first forming a belief or theory about some matter and then in some new process stepping outside the belief or theory to assess whether it corresponds with the facts.
There are, indeed, processes of checking and verifying beliefs, but they work by bringing up further beliefs and perceptions and assessing the original in light of those. In actual investigations, what tells people what to believe is not the world or the facts but how they interpret the world or select and conceptualize the facts.
Coherence and pragmatist theories Starting in the midth century, this line of criticism led some philosophers to think that they should concentrate on larger theories, rather than sentences or assertions taken one at a time.
An individual belief in such a system is true if it sufficiently coheres with, or makes rational sense within, enough other beliefs; alternatively, a belief system is true if it is sufficiently internally coherent. Such were the views of the British idealistsincluding F. Joachim, who, like all idealists, rejected the existence of mind-independent facts against which the truth of beliefs could be determined see also realism: Yet coherentism too seems inadequate, since it suggests that human beings are trapped in the sealed compartment of their own beliefs, unable to know anything of the world beyond.
Moreover, as the English philosopher and logician Bertrand Russell pointed out, nothing seems to prevent there being many equally coherent but incompatible belief systems.
Yet at best only one of them can be true. Some theorists have suggested that belief systems can be compared in pragmatic or utilitarian terms. According to this idea, even if many different systems can be internally coherent, it is likely that some will be much more useful than others.
Thus, one can expect that, in a process akin to Darwinian natural selectionthe more useful systems will survive while the others gradually go extinct.
The replacement of Newtonian mechanics by relativity theory is an example of this process. It was in this spirit that the 19th-century American pragmatist philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce said: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of NOAA Corps Operations The opinion which is fated to be ultimately agreed to by all who investigate, is what we mean by the truth, and the object represented in this opinion is the real.
Although this approach may seem appealingly hard-headed, it has prompted worries about how a society, or humanity as a whole, could know at a given moment whether it is following the path toward such an ideal. In practice it has opened the door to varying degrees of skepticism about the notion of truth.
In the late 20th century philosophers such as Richard Rorty advocated retiring the notion of truth in favour of a more open-minded and open-ended process of indefinite adjustment of beliefs. Such a process, it was felt, would have its own utility, even though it lacked any final or absolute endpoint.
Tarski and truth conditions The rise of formal logic the abstract study of assertions and deductive arguments and the growth of interest in formal systems formal or mathematical languages among many Anglo-American philosophers in the early 20th century led to new attempts to define truth in logically or scientifically acceptable terms.
It also led to a renewed respect for the ancient liar paradox attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Epimenidesin which a sentence says of itself that it is false, thereby apparently being true if it is false and false if it is true. Logicians set themselves the task of developing systems of mathematical reasoning that would be free of the kinds of self-reference that give rise to paradoxes such as that of the liar.
However, this proved difficult to do without at the same time making some legitimate proof procedures impossible. These efforts culminated in the work of the Polish-born logician Alfred Tarskiwho in the s showed how to construct a definition of truth for a formal or mathematical language by means of a theory that would assign truth conditions the conditions in which a given sentence is true to each sentence in the language without making use of any semantic terms, notably including truth, in that language.
A T-sentence says of some sentence S in the object language the language for which truth is being defined that S is true if and only if…, where the ellipsis is replaced by a translation of S into the language used to construct the theory the metalanguage.
But the weight of philosophical opinion gradually shifted, and eventually this platitudinous appearance was regarded as a virtue and indeed as indicative of the whole truth about truth. It is true that snow is white if and only if snow is white.
At most there might be an added emphasis, but no change of topic. Yet, if truth is essentially redundantwhy should talk of truth be so common? What purpose does the truth predicate serve?They have also believed that an effective rational argument for God's existence is an important first step in opening the mind to the possibility of faith—in clearing some of the roadblocks and rubble that prevent people from taking the idea of divine revelation seriously.
I care about truth if there is a God. But why should I care about truth if there is no God? In fact if there is no God, maybe I shouldn’t care about truth because it would be too sad to know I’d rather live out my life with the illusion of happily ever after in that case.
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Ethical Dilemmas Related to Disclosure Issues: Sex Addiction. Therapists in the Trenches. and one therapist may differ from another on whether disclosure (full or partial) would be appropriate.
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Narayan's story cited at the beginning dramatically brings to focus the ethical dilemmas in truth telling, the outcome was favorable to the patient, hence, for the doctor as .