In order to fully answer the question in the title, the definition of “truth” must be defined. Though truth seems to be a simple concept, many may think truth is what is right, in different situations different people might have different beliefs of what’s right what’s wrong.
In Stanford University’s article, Stanford University defined Truth in many different way and scenarios and thus there is never an absolute definition of truth. However, relating to the ways of knowing, in different situations some ways of knowing will be more favored and beneficial compared to other ways of knowing. There are eight ways of knowing: emotion, memory, imagination, sense perception, intuition, reason, faith and language. However, at different situations there are different efficiencies in the ways of knowing that will be led to the truth.
In situations where a company’s leader needs to fire employees due to their poor performances, the way of knowing whether this should be done or not could be can widely affect the future of this company. For example, if the company’s leader follows the way of knowing of sense perception, reason and intuition, there will be a high chance the leader will fire the employees, saving the future of the company. The truth of that the employees needed to be fired to improve the company is objective truth, meaning truth is achieved without bias and factors such as emotions. Objective truth is achieved with logic and reasoning, which in the scenario is the best way of knowing. However, an example that the way of knowing is not beneficial is, for example, when the employees and the leader have good relationship, the ways of knowing of emotion might get in the way. In this case, if the leader decides to listen to what his emotions tell him, he will probably won’t fire the employee, this decision will be costly, possibly affecting the company. This scenario, the truth was achieved subjectively. The subjective truth means that it’s based off our input making it subjective. In the scenario, subjective truth will not be beneficial as it will interfere the company’s future development due to personal relationships.
However, there are also situations where subjective truth is more beneficial. For example, on a personal level, the relationship between friends, family and love ones, subjective truth might be more beneficial compared to objective truth. When a person you cared is sad or feeling down, what they want to hear might not be the objective truth, but subjective truth. If was objective truth was used, it might affect the relationship between them. Other situations where its related to a personal scale, it is more prioritized to be using the WOKs of subjective than objective.
In conclusion, despite having benefits and limitations for both the subjective truths and objective truths of the ways of knowing depending on the situation there is better ways to present the truth between people.
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