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Single Idea 23176

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 1. Truth]

Full Idea

The truth is the same for all, but is not equally known to all.

Gist of Idea

Truth is universal, but knowledge of it is not


Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologicae [1265], I-II Q94 4)

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'On Law, Morality and Politics', ed/tr. Baumgarth,W. /Regan R. [Hackett 1988], p.51

A Reaction

Amazing how many modern thinkers fail to grasp this simple distinction. However, the truth is not quite the same for all if diverse persons are expressing a single truth with different concepts and languages. The word 'facts' is helpful here.