IAI Debate on the Nature of Truth

For a century, logicians have argued that things are either true or false. Yet truth for one person can be a falsehood for another. Is it possible that truth is not about the nature of reality at all but describes what we think about what we say? Would such a heresy undermine meaning itself or liberate us to think afresh?

LOGO_iai-black_40x373222 The Institute of Art and Ideas has posted a new debate on the nature of truth. What typically is labeled “Postmodernism” has gained a strong following in the last century and one of the main casualties has been belief in the objectivity of truth. Postmodernism has questioned the long-standing idea that truth is something we discover and replaced it with the notion that truth is something we construct. In this debate, philosophers discuss this problem. From their website, “For a century, logicians have argued that things are either true or false. Yet truth for one person can be a falsehood for another. Is it possible that truth is not about the nature of reality at all but describes what we think about what we say? Would such a heresy undermine meaning itself or liberate us to think afresh?”

The Panel: Philosopher James Williams, Philosopher Anita Avramides and director of IAI Barry C Smith debate the topic.

Check out the video below and visit their website to join the conversation!

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