The Theory Of Knowledge : What Does It Give Us Knowledge Of The World As It Really?
Theory of Knowledge
February 16, 2015
“To what extent do our senses give us knowledge of the world as it really is?
Sense perception is any capacity of sight, smell, hearing, taste, or touch, through which the body perceives external stimulus. Sense perception in and of itself is very complex due to the subjectivity of its nature. In other words, because no two people will see, taste, feel, smell, or hear the same object in exactly the same way there is an infinite number of different things they each may “know” about that object and the world around them. This is where the different ways of knowledge such as memory and emotion find themselves deeply intertwined with the concept of sense perception.
Our senses are what connect us to the world around us. Depending on our needs and abilities, how we use our senses will vary from person to person. For example, blind and deaf people use the senses that they have more effectively to compensate for the ones they are missing. According to Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher, reality is a subjective experience because we are each limited to our own personal abilities of seeing or rather perceiving. Plato says that True Knowledge must be fixed and able to be grasped in a clear and scientific way. In other words it must be universal. Plato is saying that to attempt to use our senses, in any capacity, to completely and accurately perceive the world around us “as it really is” will never happen. Instead we will gain a…