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    Re: Lessings “ugly broad ditch”

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    Read again. Historical truth.
    Please explain the difference between "historical truth" and "truth".
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    Re: Lessings “ugly broad ditch”

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Please explain the difference between "historical truth" and "truth".
    Truth is a necessary correspondence between a proposition and reality. Historical truth is a contingent correspondence between historical statements and contingent matters of fact.
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    Re: Lessings “ugly broad ditch”

    Quote Originally Posted by Angel View Post
    Truth is a necessary correspondence between a proposition and reality. Historical truth is a contingent correspondence between historical statements and contingent matters of fact.
    Therefore it appears to be that your belief is that a "historical truth" is true only under certain conditions; not necessarily or universally true. This is Not the way we were taught history.
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    Re: Lessings “ugly broad ditch”

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Therefore it appears to be that your belief is that a "historical truth" is true only under certain conditions; not necessarily or universally true. This is Not the way we were taught history.
    The point is that this was behind Lessing's problem with contingent historical truth and necessary rational truth.
    Google "necessary and contingent."
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