“Is ignorance bliss?” is the central idea of Voltaire. This question means can one live happily not knowing nor understanding the world and our place in it. One must sacrifice their knowledge and curiosity in order to attain bliss. Knowledge overrides bliss because to be inquisitive is human nature.The study of existence and knowledge are areas in philosophy that can help the Brahman. Studying the concept of reality can differentiate the concepts of appearance versus reality.
One should acquire knowledge of and question our surroundings to examine the uncertainty of our existence. Also, our perception of the world is based on if there is a God in this world is based on the knowledge we have obtained and beliefs on reality. The view of the world is not a reflection of God’s actions. Lastly, the concept of time is understanding that, in reality, our existence could possibly be defined through the passing of time.I personally believe that this statement is true due to the fact that reasoning shapes our knowledge, hence knowing too much can lead to our unhappiness. This is an example of how preferring reasoning over felicity is to one becoming mad.
According to Plato, everything begins in our mind and that our senses deceive us. Plato’s allegory represents the activity of philosophizing because the prisoners’ perception of reality is altered through the “truth” shown to them through shadows.Since gaining knowledge of the world around me, I now know what is true in my reality. Plato implied that the prisoner since he had discovered the truth, will recognize that the objects now shown to him are real, while the shadows are an illusion.
My reasoning is the same as Plato.When the other prisoners are informed of the truth, they do not believe it and insist that what they see in the shadows is the ultimate reality. If the other prisoners were to believe the truth about their reality, they would gain knowledge and act rationally. They would no longer be stuck to the illusions of their life. This would not affect the philosophical position reflected in this allegory.Knowledge is a good thing, but knowing too much can lead to unhappiness. After the prisoner gained knowledge about the cave, it’s better to be a poor servant of a poor master than to be the “King of the Cave” because you would be living your entire life through an illusion.Someone who has a philosophy degree would question everything, this would make them a more trainable employee.
One skill this person would have is clear thinking. Philosophy is about reasoning and having rational thoughts, this would teach one to have clear and logical thinking. Furthermore, philosophy is a good way for one to develop good presentation skills, especially presenting an argument.
One would be able to to make a convincing argument using their reasoning and logic. Lastly, one would have amazing problem-solving skills due to picking up useful techniques in organizing and planning solutions to a problem.It is human nature to be inquisitive. We need to understand the worldaround us and our place in it. Our search for knowledge demands explanation.How we acquire knowledge and the nature of knowledge itself forms the branch ofphilosophy called epistemology. This branch deals with questions such as how dowe acquire knowledge, how can we be sure of what we know, and are there thingsin this world that we can never know?Philosopher’s perspectives on how we obtain knowledge differ. Platobelieves that we are born with knowledge, while Aristotle believes that youhave to gain knowledge.
Furthermore, some philosophers think that we canacquire knowledge through experience or through reasoning. We often say that weknow something, when we are in fact simply accepting someone else’s option.Epistemology pushes us to not accept that something is true just because it issomeone’s opinion. Knowledgeis defined as justified true beliefs. This branch of philosophy showsus that you need a good reason for believing it, backed up by a convincingargument. Through epistemology, I have learned that one can have false beliefs, but not falseknowledge.
A philosophic argument is like an equation. In order to have a goodargument for your belief, one should know and believe in their argument, make agood proposition, and ensure that their agreement is justified. Your argumentmust have truth value to it. Gettier Case is a situation in which one can havejustified true beliefs, but not knowledge.
For example, suppose that I own agolden retriever and it goes missing. My sister and I go in differentdirections of the neighbourhood to find this dog. My sister says that she seesomething lying on the floor that is of similar colour and shape to our dog inthe distance.
Based on what she saw, I believe that it is our dog. So I go tocheck and I see that it is not our dog, it is a large golden coloured jacket onthe ground. This is an example of a Gettiercase because I believed what my sister said based on what she saw, not on myown knowledge.