What Makes A True Knowledge? Essay

1046 Words Jun 23rd, 2016 null Page
What is considered the meaning or better understanding of “true knowledge?” Both Descartes and Locke provide an explanation in their own way of what they believe to be defined as true knowledge. However, John Locke, in my opinion, understood and had a justifiable explanation of true knowledge which is the better out of the two writers. Locke’s epistemology about true knowledge is that it comes from experience which comes from some kind of substance, like our five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing). When we see some “thing” we take it into consideration that we don’t know what this thing is. Then our mind “represents” the thing into an idea. We may not know what this thing is until we are told what this things specifically is. A few key points to my opinion of the better perspective on what constitutes true knowledge are seeing the object, what makes up ideas, and discerning and other operations of the mind. Locke goes into detail of how he believes true knowledge comes to be. But ultimately he believes it all starts when we are first born. “The understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things, takes no notice of itself; and it requires art and pains to set it at a distance and make it its own object (Cahn, Location: 23342).” When we see an object or quality, like a chair, we are seeing the object through two types of qualities: Primary and secondary. What are primary qualities? It is, as Locke believes, “to produces simple…

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