1-Beginning in Epistemology

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Beginning in Epistemology 9 January 2008
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Things we (think we) know • External world: immediate environment • Internal world: our own thoughts, etc. • “Obvious” facts about the world • Scientific facts
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Cont. • Mental lives of others • Past  • Future • Conceptual truths  • Mathematics  • Moral truths • Art • Religion 
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Sources of knowledge 1. Perception  2. Introspection 3. Memory  4. Testimony  5. Reasoning from experience 6. Rational insight 
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The Standard View Conjunction of two claims: 1. We know a lot, in a wide range of areas 1. We acquire knowledge through the six broad  faculties
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Another way of beginning • Descartes’s First Meditation: Some years ago I was struck by the large number of falsehoods that I had accepted as true in my  childhood, and by the highly doubtful nature  of the whole edifice that I had subsequently  based on them.  I realized that it was  necessary, once in the course of my life, to  demolish everything completely 
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Cont. and start again right from the foundations if I 
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