Chapter 5 - the search for thruth

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Chapter 5 – The search for Truth 1 What is True? And because these various opinions are all about something – namely, the world – it is reasonable to ask wheather they do or do not represent the way the world really is. Sometimes this seems to be obvious (self-evident) : But what if the “obvious” is not always so? These questions are the basis of the discipline called epistemology , the theory of Knowledge. The question “What is it for our believes to be true?” has a seductively easy answer: a belief is true if (and only if) it corresponds to the facts. Second, consider the status of a great many statements of “common sense.” How do we know that what we believe as a matter of common sense is in fact justified and not just a set of plausible falsehoods that have been handed down uncritically from person to person, generation to generation? Third, compare such statements as “There is a coffee cup here on the table,” which is the report of an immediate and particular perception, and the natural law in science that “there is gravity between any two masses.” Two Kinds of Truth As far back as the Introduction to this book, it was suggested that true statements (or, simply, truth) might be divided into two separate categories: (1) true because of the facts and (2) true because of reasoning. Empirical Truth
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course PHIL 1001 taught by Professor Murrayskees during the Winter '10 term at Walden University.

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