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Truth
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1. Background

The Indo-European word behind Latin veritas, French vérité, German Wahrheit (English “truth”) meant “respect,” “assent,” “fidelity”; Greek alḗtheia (literally “unconcealment”) was also important for the history of the term. The pragmatic questions concerning whether an assertion or message is true and what criteria we should use to assess and recognize its truth have been answered implicitly or explicity in every culture. T…

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Sparn, Walter, Mizrahi, Moti, Steinle, Friedrich and Großhans, Hans-Peter, “Truth”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029959>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831



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