Some people say truth is not absolute but cultural and dependent on context. I think this is wrong. "Truth" should mean that which is the case. On the other hand I'd like to know a term for a proposition that, if agreed upon and treated as true, has value within a certain group or context although not in the absolute.

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    "That which is the case" is a very hard standard to enforce. Mostly we never know what the case is; then we have to improvise, by jumping to conclusions. – John Lawler Nov 16 '15 at 16:19
  • "That which is the case" really depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is. – RegDwigнt Nov 16 '15 at 16:25
  • @RegDwigнt also, 'the'. also... The world is everything that is the case. The world is the totality of facts – Mitch Nov 16 '15 at 16:42
  • @Mitch you're right to bring up Wittgenstein, I'm getting the phrase "that which is the case" from the Tractatus. – Bret Fontecchio Nov 17 '15 at 17:44
  • @John Lawler, I think you're right that it's hard but enforcing it is a constant process not a simple yes or no. – Bret Fontecchio Nov 17 '15 at 17:44

Are you talking about (cultural) relativism?

A theory, especially in ethics or aesthetics, that conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them.


A proposition that is culturally relative can be referred to as a "cultural truth" (as in the title of your question), or a "cultural truth claim".


The simple word belief might serve your purpose. I was also going to suggest the sociological term more (pronounced MOH.ray), but I can't even find it. I thought there a term spelled m.o.r.e, but it might have more to do with cultural values than beliefs. Maybe I need to ask a question about that one. ;)

  • I don't think belief would do it because it could be a white lie. It could become "official" within a group by being agreed upon and treated as true without being believed. – Bret Fontecchio Nov 16 '15 at 21:08

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