Q. If i have my truths and another person has their truths which do not correspond with mine, does that mean there is no such thing as truth? If beliefs can be shown to be true or not true, what is truth? ..and how does the truth differ from my truth? People will always claim that they have the truth…

A. Let’s accept your premise: what is true for you may not be true for me and vice versa. Does this mean that there’s no truth? Some philosophers argue not; it simply means that we always need to think about the perspective of whoever is making the judgement of whether something is true or not. So rather than there being no truth there are as many true views as there are perspectives: all truth is relative. Your question then is whether the relative view of truth is tenable. Philosophers argue about the motivation for relative views of truth and over their coherence. My hunch is that relativism is going to be hard to sustain because it’s going to be hard to explain how people meaningfully agree and disagree with each other.   Professor Bernhard Weiss, Dept of Philosophy University of Cape Town.