Category: Philosophers

What it means to do philosophy

Philosophy is commonly defined as the rational investigation into the truths and principles of knowledge and being. In my opinion, however, the act of doing philosophy goes much further. Philosophy has spanned over thousands of years and been applied to so many different situations it is simply too difficult describe it within a one sentence […]

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Is direct realism naive

Direct realism, also know as naive realism, is the view that what we see, feel, & touch is real. That we can acknowledge that an object (e.g. a Candle) that is in a room is real, and that we can confirm this through our senses. For a direct realist there is no difference between appearance […]

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You know that you are reading this book

The statement “you know that you are reading this book,” has to be based on the premise that we can actually know anything as all. That, in turn, leads to questioning where we get our knowledge from in the first place. Furthermore, even if one was to find an answer, could it be proven sufficiently […]

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Why knowledge requires justification

Plato said that knowledge was justified, true, belief. That is to say that there are three conditions to be met, in order for something to be considered knowledge. Firstly, according to Plato, the subject of the knowledge should be true. For example, I cannot know, that 1+1=3, because 1+1=2.Furthermore, knowledge also holds the condition of […]

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Is Global Scepticism Possible

Global scepticism puts all of our attempts at seeking true knowledge into doubt; it makes all traditional ways of finding out about the world unreliable. One of the most famous sceptics is the philosopher Rene Descartes. In his first meditation, Descartes regards the ‘many false things’ that he had once believed as a child and […]

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