Epistemology Is The Study Of Limits, Nature, Source And Validity Of Knowledge

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Epistemology is the study of limits, nature, source and validity of knowledge. Epistemology is mainly focused on reviewing and analyzing statements individuals make that they ‘know’ something. ‘Is knowledge possible?’ ‘What is knowledge?’ ‘If you know something, does that mean that you are certain about it?’ ‘What is the difference between knowledge and belief?’ These are example question that is examined. Knowledge is justified true belief, for beliefs to be justified it has to be a known truth or certain. Certainty is “beyond any logically possible doubt.” One way Descartes uses to find knowledge is by doubt if it is logically possible to doubt, then is cannot be certain. Realistically it is not feasible to challenge every single belief. Instead, Descartes doubts the foundation on which such beliefs rest on. Proving that if the foundation can be questioned then all beliefs it supports can also be questioned and dubitable. All effort at justification of beliefs looks either at senses or to reason.
Descartes starts his philosophical career by trying to make new fundamental principles of the scientific method that was introduced by Galileo which was proved successful. Also wanting to show that the new scientific methodology is consistent with Christianity. Therefore, Descartes was trying to prove two things in the Meditations; (1) To be able to show a sound basis for scientific methods, that the real source of knowledge is in our minds and no our senses. (2) By…

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