All topics can portray a form of truth, though they differ. The arts and sciences are inextricably linked, as science can sometimes explain the beauty of art, and art is often used to convey scientific “truths” to the common man. Only the arts can wholly address these fundamental truths, and that is why the arts have played and will continue to play such an important role in the history of human existence. Our “truths” are not remote and technical invoices on things that have occurred; they are statements that elucidate and probe deeper into the human psyche.

There are those who argue that artists have a special responsibility to convey the truth. This responsibility derives in part because the impact of their work gives them unusual power, but also from the special position of art – at least the visual and maybe of the performing arts in transcending language. Why, in any case, is there a need to find truth in art? We end up diminishing the truth by searching for it, rather than finding it within oneself.

In both of the aforementioned essays, it is stated that knowledge is produced through art thus displaying an ultimate truth. There are multiple truths conveyed, both human and scientific. It is believed that the artists have a higher place in our society as a result of their increased inability to prove and portray information and knowledge about our very existence. However, the second essay adopts a somewhat cynical view on trying to find meaning within art, claiming that by chasing the truth we diminish it.

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