Single Idea 19070

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 2. Defining Truth]

Full Idea

Truth is at first taken to mean that I know how something is. This is truth, however, only in reference to consciousness; it is formal truth, bare correctness.

Gist of Idea

Superficial truth is knowing how something is, which is consciousness of bare correctness


Georg W.F.Hegel (Logic (Encyclopedia I) [1817], 213)

Book Reference

Hutcheson,Francis: 'Hutcheson's Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Downie,R.S. [Everyman 1994], p.276

A Reaction

I would translate this idea as saying that bare correctness is conscious awareness of the truthmaker for some statement. Hegel then offers a 'deeper' account of the nature of truth. I would say awareness is quite separate from the concept of truth.

Related Ideas

Idea 19071 The deeper sense of truth is a thing matching the idea of what it ought to be [Hegel]

Idea 19072 In the deeper sense of truth, to be untrue resembles being bad; badness is untrue to a thing's nature [Hegel]