Difference Between Common Sense And Skepticism

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Hypothetical Example of Common Sense vs. Skepticism Common sense can be described as trusting our senses and accepting what we know as knowledge. Skepticism is nearly the opposite and can be described as questioning or doubting unempirical knowledge, beliefs, or opinions stated as facts and refrains from claims of truth or knowledge. Skepticism, however, does not state that truth or knowledge is impossible. The difference between these two philosophical ideas can be seen in examples of everyday life. Using a hypothetical example of skepticism and common sense as well as the viewpoints of Moore and Lehrer, I will demonstrate the difference between skepticism and common sense. A hypothetical example that illustrates the difference between skepticism and common sense is two people; one is a believer in common sense, the other a skeptic, examining a possibly poisonous mushroom. A skeptic named Lucy and a common sense believer named Chloe were walking through the woods when Lucy found a wild mushroom. Lucy picked the mushroom and tried to eat it with very little consideration. Upon seeing this Chloe knocked the mushroom out of Lucy’s hand and shouted, “You can’t eat that Lucy it’s poisonous!” Lucy replied, “But how do you know that the mushroom is poisonous?” “Look, see how the top is rounded and …show more content…
I agree with the common sense side of the argument especially in this situation because look the way they do for a reason. A poisonous mushroom is a certain color or shape or has a specific smell because they are poisonous and those things are a warning to predators. I mostly believe that I can trust that what I see is real if something were in front of me I wouldn’t doubt that it is real. I think this because doubting everything in the world makes living life impossible because without common sense life lacks

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