When you read about Game Theory there is much said about mathematics but little about the nature of truth and language. Yet it seem important to explore the role of truth and how words are used in creating effective life success strategies and creating cultural influence. Truth in my approach to game theory means constancy or sincerity in action or character. In general terms it is difficult if not impossible to specifically define truth since the word has a variety of meanings including a state of being in accord with reality or fact. Those coming at the question from a Taoist or Zen perspective could say truth is nothing more anything that is the complete opposite of what is false. In the end there are various definitions of truth based on whether you are defining something logically, factually, or ethically.
It is difficult to define truth because you are working with language, and language and words are at best “tools” by which humans convey information to each another. At the very best the word, “truth” must have a beneficial use to be retained within language.
Defining what is required to make something beneficial (called potency and applicability by philosophers) can be called a “criterion”. The method used to recognize a “truth” is called a “criterion of truth”. Since there is no single accepted criterion, all criteria are nothing more than theroies.
One might ask “If there is no one definite definition of truth, how can the word be used at all? This is a good question. To even explore this idea one must discuss the concept of specialized language. When I apply game theory truth generally refers to the quality of “faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, sincerity, veracity”, as well as to “an agreement of what is a fact or an even a reality agreed upon by a group individuals
There is an approach to truth that states that the application of a term like “true” to a statement does not really tell us anything important about the thing that is supposedly true. At best, according to this approach, saying that something is “true” becomes a tool within a conversation used to emphasize claims, gain agreement, or to form certain types of generalizations.
The strength of any approach to truth versus others is based in part on what one considers important in the search for truth. There might, for example, be issues necessary to the analysis of a particular truth. These issues might include interpersonal power struggles, community interactions, personal biases and other factors involved in deciding what is seen as truth.
About the Author:
Lewis Harrison is an speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a pioneer in the personal development movement The author of nine self help books on human potential he offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching.
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