Knowledge Philosophy Paper

Knowledge Philosophy Paper - Aaron Mroczkowski Philosophy...

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Aaron Mroczkowski Philosophy 201 Essay Assignment 3 March 25, 2008 Knowledge Knowledge is an undeniable understanding of yourself and the world that surrounds you. It can be achieved only through a process of throwing out everything which is not undeniable, in order to get to the core of knowledge. Once you have a strong foundation of undeniable knowledge, then it is safe to build upon it other knowledge that you know to be undeniable. Things that can be doubted cannot constitute knowledge because they are unreliable and do not create a firm foundation upon which to build upon further. Some of these things include opinions and ideas which are not founded in anything undeniable. Opinions cannot constitute knowledge because they cannot be declared undeniably true. In order to have an unshakable understanding of knowledge, you must start with something which is in itself unshakable. For Descartes, this unshakable piece of knowledge is “Cogito, ergo sum” or “I think; therefore, I am.” Descartes uses the metaphor of building a house to illustrate how we become truly knowledgeable. He first says that there are things that we believed to be true when we were younger that we know now are not true. If this is true, then it would be safe to say that there are things that we believe now, which are not actually true. All of the assumed knowledge that we believe to possess now can be illustrated as an old house. This house is nice but as time passes, it begins to deteriorate and break down. In the same way, our knowledge to us seems nice and undeniable now, but will inevitably become broken down and weak. When we realize that our house is becoming broken down, we will be inclined to fix whatever is malfunctioning. However, we can assume that other things in
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the house will break down later and will need to be repaired. Similarly, when we find one
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course PHILO 201 taught by Professor Watson during the Spring '08 term at Butler.

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