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To what extent is truth different in mathematics, the arts and the ethics?

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International Baccalaureate To what extent is truth different in mathematics, the ethics and the art? Theory of Knowledge Name: Sagar Sood Due: 20th Jan, 10 Subject: Theory of Knowledge School: International Community School of Addis Ababa Truth is defined as an entity that corresponds to reality or facts, where the statement or conformity is verified and accepted widely by people and the rules of the universe. Mathematics is the study of the relationships among numbers, shapes, and quantities. The Arts are the creation of works that creates an emotional response within both the artist and the viewer(s). Finally, the ethics are the morals and principles that guide individuals in life. One question that arises is whether "truth" means exactly the same for each of the Areas of Knowledge, whether the rules, procedures and conditions are similar enough to warrant our truth for each Area of Knowledge. And the answer to the question is no, as truth is different in mathematics, the arts and the ethics. Moreover, truth is defined differently for each case. And thus the Knowledge Claim is put forward that even though truth exists differently in mathematics, the arts and the ethics, the extent is common between the three. ...read more.


For example, in every culture, killing for one's owns purpose is considered wrong. Also, ethical truth may be considered absolute if one chooses to believe that the rules by which we live never change.3 However, the truth in ethics may be viewed as relative, if viewed from the perception that the rules by which we ought to live vary from culture to culture. Furthermore, ethical truth may be considered relative if one considered the rules by which we live to be situational. For example, the Epicureans believed that the highest good in life was pleasure, but the greatest evil was pain or suffering. However, sometimes pleasure or happiness may later result in pain, so they would have to weigh out the consequences of their actions. This can be perceived as relative because in some situations, it would be acceptable to choose pleasure, but in others it would not. On the other hand, ethical truth may be viewed as subjective because one may have personal beliefs that govern what they believe is right and wrong. In mathematics, for example, one could argue that the truth in mathematics is absolute because the laws/theorems of math are constant and unchanging. ...read more.


It must also be noted that the aim of the arts is to go beyond language whereas mathematics is a language that describes what is beyond us. 4 Hence, it is easy to misinterpret the truth in the arts since the communication might be superfluous, whereas mathematics communicates with us in a limit, a limit where the human brain can understand and justify. After considering truth in each case, a knowledge issue arises. Can a single truth in the arts ever exist? It is almost impossible for the world to come to a common perception towards a work of art, whether it is a painting or a play. It must be stated that every different interpretation of a piece of art is entangled with emotions. For instance, a priest might not find an R-rated movie appealing but some teenagers might. The priest might be involving his emotions along with his ethics to judge the movie and through this blend, interpreting the true meaning behind it. In conclusion, this issue will live until the human life exists. Truth in arts differs for different individuals, but does exist. Hence, it can be safe to say that numerous truths exist in art but unlike mathematics, a common truth does not exist. Because of the different blend of emotions and perception around the world, a common judgment and agreement towards any art cannot be achieved. ...read more.

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