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Unformatted text preview: Epistemology--Discuss in full detail Cartesian Skepticism, Humes Skepticism and Kants epistemology. Then discuss how the themes of skepticism and knowledge are portrayed in the films The Matrix, Total Recall, and Inception, referencing specific scenes. Epistemology I. Introduction A. Definitions: Epistemology, Knowledge, Etc. Epistemology: the study of human knowledge, its nature, its sources, its justification. How we get it, what it is, whether we have it, or why we dont. Encompasses the nature of concepts, the constructing of concepts, the validity of the senses, logical reasoning, as well as thoughts, ideas, emotions, memories, and all things mental. It is concerned with how our minds are related to reality, and whether these relationships are valid or invalid. It is the explanation of how we think. It is needed in order to obtain and use knowledge of the world around us. Knowledge : Information and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. What is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information. What can we know? The mental grasp of the facts of reality. Gained through successful evaluation of ones perceptions. B. Schools of Thought: Skepticism, Rationalism, Empiricism Skepticism: a philosophical belief that knowledge is not possible, that doubt will not be overcome by any valid arguments. A philosopher who holds this belief is not be overcome by any valid arguments....
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