The Basic Definitions Of Knowledge Essay

969 Words Oct 24th, 2014 4 Pages
How do we know what we know? That is a question that has been asked by many different people, and has many different explanations. These answers vary from saying we are born knowing certain things, to everything we learn comes from experience. Each of these have different arguments to them, however, they each have a different idea of the basic definitions of knowledge and belief. There are also the questions of whether or not beliefs are rational, and is knowledge justifiable. The standard definition of knowledge is “information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education.” (knowledge." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2014. Web. 23 Oct. 2014). This definition of knowledge is close to my own personal definition of it. I believe knowledge is information that you have acquired through experience that has a low possibility of changing. Taking both of these definitions into account an example of something that is considered knowledge would be a math problem like two plus two. This simple problem is something most people learned as a kid, they were not born with it. Its answer four is permanent, and nothing will come along and change that.
Next is the standard definition of belief which is “a feeling of being sure that someone or something exist or that something is true” (knowledge." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2014. Web. 23 Oct. 2014). The key thing to remember about this definition is the fact that it is a feeling of being sure. That…

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