Truth is defined as “that which corresponds to reality.” Other theories have been proposed, of course, and these other theories deny the view that says that truth statements must correspond to that which is real. However, each of these other views proposes to explain how the world works, how the world is. Therefore, each theory of truth proposes to explain how their view corresponds to reality.
Our next question is more controversial: whether absolute truth exists. Today we are told that absolute truth does not exist, that all truth is relative. But if we examine this statement, we find that what it is actually saying is “it is absolutely true that there is no absolute truth,” or “it is true in all cases that all truth is relative.”
In fact, it is a rather simple matter of defining truth as absolute in all cases and corresponding to reality. Take any explanation of truth that a person may give…….any proposed system of how truth is explained…….no matter what degree of relativity it claims about truth….we can merely ask the question, “is that just your opinion, or does it apply to everyone?” If the person says that it is merely their opinion, then the explanation does not purport to be an explanation of truth, and we do not have to respond to an opinion. But if the person claims that it applies to everyone, then they have made a statement claiming universal, absolute truth that explains how things are for everyone.
In effect, all truth statements are absolute and universal, corresponding to reality, or else they are false.