2. Ontology

In order to explain my ideas with regards to truth I would like to start from ontology. As I will explain later, the notion of truth is, I think, founded on an ontological frameworks that we cannot work our way out of. This also has the benefit of following the journey of my thinking, starting from the fundamental ontology behind the Trinitarian Notion of Truth (TNT) and then developing the theory further, in order to explain the breadth of my ideas. 

I will start off with a quick run-through of the ontological categories and then move on to the epistemelogical categories, before fully committing myself to addressing all the various problems with regards to the philosophy of truth. 

The basis of my thoughts on truth came from a personal study of what artworks and discovering what can be known about them. As a part of this project, I was really interested in how an object CAN be represented in an artistic format.

Questioning this concept, for me, led me to the idea that the knowledge of an object seemed to rely on three fundamental concepts.

SPACE - The space that an object occupies is a fundamental and consistent fact in the existence of that object. An object is bound by its dimensional structure and the space this contains within the universe. This is not the same as it's physical structure, which I will call;

MATTER - The object has a real, material formulation at an atomic level. This aspect of the object is likened to Kant's notion of the phenomena of the object. When we speak about the empirical aspects of the object we are talking about it's chemistry. When we speak about the function of the object on us we talk about;  

TIME - In talking about the function of the object, the object is limited by the very real constraints of human biology. The object is limited to its FUNCTION as an object rather than its STATUS as an object.

NOTE: none of these categories of existence are particularly new in the history of philosophy and should not be regarded as such. Many people have formulated these aspects of ontology over the history of ideas and have come to the same conclusion. It is not the identification of the object as pertaining to these principles that I think is particularly new. It is the way in which these categories function with regards to one another. Which I will try and explain next. 


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