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Principle Issues of Epistemology

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Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that deals with knowledge, belief, and truth. The classic issues within the field of epistemology are the questions of what we, as humans, can know. If we can know anything at all, how do we know it? Epistemology looks at the differences between knowledge and belief and what the role of certainty is within knowing or believing something to be true. The big question about knowledge and belief is understanding whether or not we can have knowledge about the physical things around us. If we can have knowledge of these things, what can we know and how can we know it? The four major contributors to these questions, Descartes, Locke, Berkley, and Hume are summarized below.

Rene Descartes decided that if he wanted to be sure in his convictions about what he knew (or thought he knew) to be true, he needed to doubt all things as ...

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An explanation of epistemology using the ideas of the foremost epistemological philosophers; Descartes, Locke, Berkley and Hume

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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.

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