Critically Discuss Three Theories Of Truth.

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Introduction Truth as we know it has many proportions to it. When speaking of truth one must take into consideration all the materials relevant to a particular problem. To properly define truth several important theories have emerged. Three important theories which have emerged and which I choose to discuss are coherence theory, pragmatic and correspondence theory. Correspondence theory was the earliest to emerge in the eighteen century. Pragmatic and coherence emerged later in the nineteen century. All three theories share the basic assumption that truth has nature. And that these theories offer the necessary and adequate conditions for sentences, statement or a belief to be true. These theories are motivated by diverse concerns and proposed accounts so different from each other that one wonder if they seek to explain the same phenomenon. Coherence theory The coherence theory of truth states that a statement is considered true if it is logically consistent with other beliefs. This is basically saying that a belief is false if it contradicts other beliefs that are held to be true. The coherence theories in general, states that truth requires a proper fit of elements within a whole system. Very often, though, coherence is taken to imply something more than simple logical consistency; often there is a demand that the propositions in a coherent system lend mutual inferential support to each other. So, for example, the completeness and comprehensiveness of the underlying set of concepts is a critical factor in judging the validity and usefulness of a coherent system. A pervasive tenet of coherence theories is the idea that truth is primarily a property of whole systems of propositions, and can be ascribed to individual propositions only according to their coherence with the whole. Though this concept of truth may seem more applicable to aesthetics
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