Lecture 7 - Whats the difference between knowledge and true...

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What’s the difference between knowledge and true opinion? “For true opinions, as long as they remain, are a fine thing and all they do is good, but they are not willing to remain long, and they escape from a man’s mind, so that they are not worth much until one ties them down by (giving) an account of the reason why. And that, Meno my friend, is recollection…” ( Meno 98a1-4) So knowledge, unlike true opinion, cannot disappear simply by adding new information.
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Descartes’ project: to establish something “firm and lasting” “Several years have now passed since I first realized how numerous were the false opinions that in my youth I had taken to be true, and thus how doubtful were all those that I had subsequently built upon them. And thus I realized that once in my life I had to raze everything to the ground and begin again from the original foundations, if I wanted to establish anything firm and lasting in the sciences.” ( Meditations 17) How does the falsity of his youthful opinions render some of
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This note was uploaded on 06/16/2011 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Ram during the Summer '11 term at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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