Truth Is That To Which Society Conforms

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"Truth is that to which the community ultimately settles down." (Charles S. Peirce) "Truly, I assure you- this essay will analyze what I believe is rational and logical, but wracked with a bias that has been inflicted by universal conformity." The universe is governed by laws- known "facts" that stabilize a naturally chaotic species- Homo sapiens. These facts which have been asserted to be "truths" are formulated for man, by man. Charles Peirces' claim that "Truth is that to which the community ultimately settles down", at the onset appears verified, for the reason that it is the community who outlines the definitions for truth, and thus, it is indisputable that it should "settle down" to its own musings. Truth is a concept which society has molded to explain the unknown. Based on the definition of truth itself, societal inclinations, and man's evolving attitude, truth is a not an aspect of society, but its foundation- where conformity is inevitable.

Since the onset of thought, the "idea" has been postulated, for not only its merits as a tool for explanation, but the integrity of itself as a notion. This being established, an idea can consist of musings that hold significance, or those that are pure nonsense. From these vague beginnings, "truth" emerged. Scholars have pondered the definition of truth, and debated the truthfulness of truth itself. The classical Aristotelian concept of truth wove around the term.

To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, or of what is not that it is not, is true.

Truth is the agreement of the proposition and reality. This often coincides with later theories- the coherence theory of truth, and correspondence theory. The coherence theory...