Truth, Logic, and
As light illuminates both itself and darkness so truth is its own standard and the criterion for error.
What is truth? Two thousand years ago, Pontius Pilate asked Jesus that question, and philosophers have been asking it ever since (and before too). Science devotes itself to finding truth without bothering to define it except by pragmatic criteria. Can such and such phenomenon be verified? Does thus and thus theory predict new phenomena? Is the so-and-so concept gaining acceptance among experts? As one scientist put the case: "Only God can define absolute truth, and I don't believe in Him."
We begin our survey of applications of the thesis of this book with the most abstract system of all—truth. The scholarly word for the nature of truth—epistemology—shares the same root