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Take the following example to start: I hear knocking. I wonder if someone is at the door. I then hear extended and very rapid knocking. It now occurs to me that this is a pecking sound, and I...

Testimony is our primary source of social knowledge and justification. This is a primary concern of social epistemology. If perception, memory consciousness and reason were our only sources of k...

Conventionalism There is a linguistic theory to the a priori which is based off the definitions of the words used. On this view, analytic truths may be better described as definitional. Virtue ...

Self Evident Truths Self evident truths are thought to be evidently true taken by themselves - without the need for supporting evidence. Example: The spruce is taller than the maple therefore ...

Imaging and Beliefs There are two kinds of mental properties. Having an image (in a minimal way) Static and changeless. This is described as mental state. Imaging is the proce...

Memory & the Past: A Basic Understand We can’t say that memory is a store of knowledge and belief about the past. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have the capacity. Most of what is in our ...

Adverbial Theory “To perceive an object is for that object (in a certain way) to produce in one a sensory experience of it.” Essentially we see things in a qualitative way. Wee see a straight st...

The previous chapter essentially illustrated a skeptical case against epistemological common sense. Negative Versus Positive Defenses of Common Sense In the context of thinking about skepticism, ...

Skepticism is basically against the common sense view that I believe many facts about the external world, myself, the past, scientific knowledge and general moral truths. The Possibility of Perv...

So how far does knowledge extend from what we’ve learned so far? Scientific Knowledge Perception is a requirement of scientific work, as laboratory work and observations of nature require percei...