Epistemology

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  • Rationalism And Epistemology Essay

    Epistemology, the question of “how do we know what we know?” that has plagued philosophers since Socrates himself. The problem at hand seems to be that we can not be certain of where our knowledge originates. Over the centuries of human thought, many have tried to tackle such a question. To this day, however, there is no sufficient answer at all. The two major schools of thought I am looking at are empiricism and rationalism, both attempts to answer such a complex question that couldn’t quite reach the goal. The first look at an answer is rationalism. Rationalism uses a plethora of theses and theories to explore the answer to the question of where our knowledge comes from. In particular, three of these theses make up the backbone of rationalist belief. The first of these is the Intuition/Deduction Thesis. This is the idea that a certain propositions in a particular subject in question, X, are knowable only by intuition. This is followed by the idea that propositions not in this category are only knowable when deduced from intuition. Claims in rationalism can vary in levels of controversy with regards to what is derived from one’s intuition. Furthermore, rationalist agreement on the role of intuition is varied. Some rationalists believe what is intuited without a doubt holds truth. Although there isn’t a completely opposite extreme,…

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  • Hamlet Epistemology Analysis

    Epistemology has been questioned by thinkers, investigated by scientists, studied by theologians, and discussed by prominent philosophers. The concept closely intertwines with human life because it encompasses the attainment of truth or knowledge. What is right or wrong and one’s idea of morals are perceived from different viewpoints - whether through the senses, personal experiences, or otherwise – but are reflected in one’s lifestyle. The epistemological threads that are seen in philosophy,…

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  • Essay On Propositional Epistemology

    Propositional epistemology is field of study in philosophy that deals with theories of knowledge. Traditionally, epistemology consisted of the idea that if one was to have knowledge, one must have a justified true belief. This was held to be the case until Edmund Gettier wrote a paper titled “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?” challenging the traditional account of knowledge. This was one of the first times that epistemic norms had been challenged. A more recent criticism of propositional…

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  • Epistemology: Theory Of Knowledge

    Epistemology is the theory of knowledge which aims to answer the question “How do we know?” In epistemology, we study nature, source, limits and validity of all knowledge. More specifically, epistemology considers the question “What is Knowledge?” and how does one obtain knowledge. Knowledge is the awareness and understanding of specific aspects of truth, belief and justification. Knowledge acquisition can be obtained through epistemology through a rationalism or empiricism approach. I will…

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  • Knowledge In Absolutist Epistemology

    Knowledge in Absolutist Epistemology As well as showing through the principle of the many and the principle of incompleteness that there are valid ways of gaining knowledge apart from the dominant sciences, a key strength to the relativist argument is its ability to consider subjugated knowledges. According to the standard view of knowledge, different ways of knowing are part of a continuous and unitary epistemological tradition. However, instead of being equally considered knowledge is…

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  • Essay On Epicurean Epistemology

    Epicurean Epistemology In this paper, I am going to explain and give my opinions on Epicurean epistemology. The main points that I will touch upon in this paper will be the Epicurean belief that all sense are one-hundred percent true and the three criteria of truth given by Epicurean epistemologist. Overall, I feel as though the Epicureans do a good job supporting their arguments, and I do think that what they are saying makes a lot of sense. After I explain the arguments given for their…

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  • Metaphysics Vs Epistemology

    Metaphysics and Epistemology deal with theories of reality and knowledge. Those two domains of philosophy exhibit a close relationship since our understanding of reality affects our perception of knowledge. Philosophy explores an unlimited array of ideas, including religion. In the field of religion, the nature and existence of a higher power (God) are explored as well as the immortality of the soul, miracles, and the comprehensibility of religious language as factual statements (Alexander,…

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  • Epistemology In Criminological Research

    Methodology Epistemology and Ontology The research will be based on the paradigm of scientific realism, according to which the only reliable means of achieving knowledge about the world is scientific research, the result of which is interpreted with the help of scientific theories. This approach will explain the causal relationship between ineffectiveness of rehabilitative justice and possible causes of it. Epistemology in the research is positivism. Crowther-Dowey and Fussey (2013, p.40) claim…

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  • Spinoza's Theory Of Epistemology

    For my first Get Out paper, I have chosen to write about Epistemology. Epistemology is known to be the study of human knowledge. It simply explains how we get it, what it is, whether we have it, or why we don 't. Each philosopher had a different theory about knowledge and how we come about it. Descartes believed that if we wanted to believe in something with a certainty, that we had to first doubt everything that we already know. In other words, we had to simply pretend that everything was…

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  • The Four Theories Of Epistemology

    Epistemology can be simply defined as the study of knowledge and justified truth. Throughout this semester I was introduced to each of the different theories of epistemology and how they apply to different people’s lives. Epistemology involves a numerous amount of theories, but four of the theories in particular caught my attention. The four theories that I was able to directly and indirectly analyze were: the correspondence theory, nihilism, empiricism, and relativism. Each of these theories…

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