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Amrit Morokar 13L To What Extent is Truth Different in Mathematics, the Arts and Ethics? Word Count: 1428 words ToK - Mr. K. Skeoch 10/5/2009 The definition of truth is often hard to interpret in itself, in the dictionary it is defined as "A statement that is accepted as fact or reality universally or individually" (whether universally or individually depends on the type or context of the truth.) The nature of truth obeys different laws when divided up into different categories; there are different theories of truths for each domain. This is perhaps why the above question may be slightly difficult to answer, and reach our first hurdle that we cannot always determine if a fact is verified in the areas of Mathematics, Arts and Ethics. To break down this argument simply; we will try and analyse to what extent finding a truth differs in each one. ...read more.

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However we must take into account that as more and more people become involved in trying to define a boundary for truth in the arts, the more opinions are added to the mix, therefore leading to more confusion and disagreement. Truth in the arts is what CAN be, but there will never be an absolute truth. Truth in mathematics is objective. Unlike the area of the arts, in the area of mathematics truth is rather clearer cut, defined and sculptured so that we do not misinterpret it. In mathematics, truths are reached via logic, and these accused truths in mathematics have to be able to be proven. However if in the area of mathematics a concept cannot be proven to work, we cannot classify it as being a truth. Therefore we come to the conclusion that the extent of truth in mathematics is defined only when there is logical evidence sufficient to prove the concept as working. ...read more.

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And what is the difference between individual or personal truth and communal or collective truth? A very valid argument here is that we use all three (The Arts, Mathematics, and Ethics) in order to grasp truths, so therefore they are not truths themselves, and truth cannot be defined in each one. Now, if they are simply used as tools for each of us to understand truths in different lights, then why is there a debate as to what extent truth can be defined of in each of these? If they are merely tools, and not domains; is there an explicit way to answer the question posed above? Taking all this into account, we can fairly conclude that the meaning of truth is interpreted differently in the areas of mathematics, arts ...read more.

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