I presented my research yesterday in the Honors Forum at the college that I work at. A friend asked me how I can know that any of my research is true. I had to answer, that I did not know that it was true. I was not making truth claims. I made theoretical claims.
Theory and theoretical constructs are basically observations of what “seems” to be the case. If they were truth, they wouldn’t necessarily call it theory. Inherent in theory, is this inability to absolutely claim it as true. It’s the theory. It’s what we think. It’s our best guess. It’s what seems to be.
We can make truth claims – based on truth, but theory is not the same as truth. I think it was a great question. I appreciated my friend asking it.