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The end of truth?

C. W. du Toit
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 53, No 4 | a1751 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v53i4.1751 | © 1997 C. W. du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 1997 | Published: 14 December 1997

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C. W. du Toit, Research Institute for Theology and Religion University of South Africa, South Africa

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As we are approaching the end of the century, many ideas, systems, and certainties, previously taken for granted, seem to be questioned, altered and rejected. One of these is the notion of truth, which pervades the very fibre of Western thinking. Rejecting the relevant critique as simply a postmodem fad, this article proceeds to give attention to the questions regarding the end of religious, scientific, and metaphysical truth. Truth and power are dealt with, as well as the narrative nature of truth. The article concludes with reference to the functioning of truth in the South African context as manifested in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


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