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

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Humans constantly seek truth, though this is often elusive. To this end, when we seek the truth about the world around us, we are seeking knowledge, and use the Ways of Knowing as the input by which we gain knowledge; we organize it into the Areas of Knowledge to provide a framework for this knowledge. But, it is pertinent to question how truth, what it is and how it is acquired, varies between Areas of Knowledge. How truth differs for a Knower between three Areas of Knowledge, mathematics, the arts, and ethics, is the subject that will be evaluated by this paper.

We can begin to define truth in each area by looking first at truth in mathematics. Mathematics is the application of numeration, and the studying of the properties, relationships, and operations of spatial numerical measurement. Mathematics, thus, approaches truth in a distinct way: it finds truth in the analysis of objective reality, using logic and deduction to find the general principles behind phenomena: the best example of this is a mathematical postulate which describes a phenomenon, and mathematical proofs which confirm it objectively and empirically.

We must then examine truth in art. Art is the application of skill to create unique works which promote the aesthetic tastes and ideas of the artist and stimulate a response in its observers. As art is unique in interpretation to every observer, truth in art is also distinct: it is found in the subjective emotional and critical response it evokes in its observation. For instance, everyone has a different view of a given work of art, as everyone’s emotional responses are distinctive and thus truth in art, the method of the artwork and its meaning, is unique to everyone.

We must now turn to the nature of truth...

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... seen and applied is different: the measurements are used in a logical context to determine, after deduction, objective properties through mathematics, and in an emotional context to determine, after induction, subjective feelings through art, and ethics uses a bit of the methods of each discipline to factor how this can be used to benefit human beings.

This, in the end, is the nature of truth in each Area of Knowledge, that each Area is only a filter for the knowledge gained from reality, and that truth as the best representation of knowledge gained from reality, is not different, but only found differently, whether in mathematics with its focus on objective logic, art and its focus on subjective emotion, or ethics and its synthesis to find the best possible solutions for people. This understanding in itself can help us come closer towards truly conveying truth.

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