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A quick introduction to epistemology.

Epistemology deals with the three questions mentioned in the definition above. What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? How do we know that what we know is actually true? As human beings we have a tendency to desire to know truth. We also want to enjoy a certainty about the things we believe. We don't like to be wrong and attempt to ensure that our beliefs are based on trustworthy facts.

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Epistemology deals with the three questions mentioned in the definition above. What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? How do we know that what we know is actually true? As human beings we have a tendency to desire to know truth. We also want to enjoy a certainty about the things we believe. We don't like to be wrong and attempt to ensure that our beliefs are based on trustworthy facts.

A brief overview of the historical developments, schools of thought and primary philosophers, offers the following food for thought. The Greeks essentially believed that truth or knowledge is constant and unchanging. Plato tended toward a belief in universal forms that should be understood. Aristotle chose to try to arrive at knowledge through logic and empiricism. Both however, because of their belief that truth was constant, believed that they could ...

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This post is an introduction to epistemology based on an epistemology matrix that is also included in this solution. Over 500 words of original text along with excellent online resources for further research.

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