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Subjectivity is not equal to meaningfulness

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The point you have mentioned here implies that you are knowingly or unknowingly getting along with positivists. Positivists are of the view that it is only the empirical statements that are meaningful, because they can be verified on empirical grounds. According to them if a statement can be verified or falsified on empirical grounds it is meaningful; otherwise it is meaningless. For example if it is said that it is raining outside, it is a meaningful statement for we can check its accuracy on the basis of experiments, but if it is said that ‘soul exists’, it is according to them meaningless, for there is no way to find out whether or not it is true. The fact of the matter is however that positivists are not so much right. To give a counter example, we can ask the positivists who emphasize on experiment, whether their own theory of meaning is empirical. Can we prove empirically that every meaningful statement must be verifiable on empirical grounds? Additionally, there are certain axioms such as the principle of none-contradiction that cannot be proven on empirical grounds. Thus we cannot restrict meaningfulness to the propositions that are empirical. None empirical statements can also be true, given the fact that sometimes they serve as the bases of empirical facts. Based on such analysis, religious truths even if not empirical can be meaningful. Moreover, there are some religious truths that can be verified on empirical bases as well.

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