The Quest For Truth Is Both Attractive And Daunting Essay

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The quest for truth is both attractive and daunting. Logic provides us with a framework and systematic method of identifying arguments and following through to truth or falsehood. Through logical reasoning, we can identify what we might objectively agree upon, and what is subject to our interpretation. The effectiveness of our truth-seeking lies in our understanding of certainty, probability, truth that is demonstrable and non-demonstrable, and differentiation between our emotional and logical responses to persuasion. One of the largest obstacles to truth-seeking is the fallacy of all-out relativism, and the qualification of our emotional responses as reasonable. My objective is to define truth, explore what tools we have for thinking logically about truth, and to find wisdom in a balance between our feelings and our thoughts about truth. Truth can be defined as that which is undeniable. The quest to define truth could begin with Axioms, or what Aristotle referred to as “First Principles”, being “the first basis for which a thing is known”. An Axiom is an original premise (one which cannot be derived from another premise) which proves its own existence, and builds a foundation for reasoning. The term axiom is derived from the Greek word axioma, meaning “authority” or “that which commends itself as evident”. Everything we have come to know in logic and mathematics originated in knowing of first principles, take for instance Pythagoras’ theorem that a^2+b^2=c^2. However,…

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