Is Life determined? If so could we feel morally responsable for our actions? what exactly are morals anyway?
Does knowledge require a “certain foundation” as Descartes claims? If so, is it preferable to claim that such a foundation is “reason” or “experience”? If you claim that “experience” is the foundation of knowledge, will it require admitting, following Locke, that we cannot have “certain knowledge”?
According to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia epistemology is defined as “Knowledge Science” This very definition encompasses this paper and one of my favorite topics in all of philosophy, the fascinating study of Epistemology.
To understand knowledge we must understand where or how it comes. We begin this discussion by studying Rene’ Descartes and John Locke. and their particular view of how one acquires knowledge. John Locke States “ Suppose the mind to be, as we say, a blank slate” (palmer p. 76). This is a interesting concept. What if the mind upon birth was completely blank, how would one begin to fill this empty space with knowledge, memories, and feelings. That is to say if feelings are “learned”. One would assume they are since we learn to associate feelings with actions at a young age. This still doesn’t explain why babies cry during birth. “Maybe birth is that painful”?
The foundation of Knowledge is unexplainable to me. I truly believe that everything in existence has a foundation and or grows from a certain base. A flower starts in soil, so maybe ideas state in the base or foundation of knowledge. Of corse in all fairness we should try and explain what Knowledge is. Knowledge should be defined as things learned along the way. Being philosophical lets just knowledge could be wrong. But on the other hand at least we know something.
I think that knowledge can be gathered upon experience, we gather knowledge by experiencing the world around us discovering what we like or dislike, how one gathers knowledge must by experience. For example, some people are visual learners, some rather read directions, some like hands on demonstration. All these examples are through experience. On the other hand, one does need to reason with oneself and within reason and human instinct we could agree to disagree that the thought process is far to complex to thrash out in a 2 page thesis paper.
Admitting ones life lessons or experience is a great way to reflect on what one has learned. In a lack of words its a good way to inventory our roll-a-dex of knowledge remembering what we forgot and maybe learning a bit about ourself on the way. Maybe the most important admitting will need to be through admitting mistakes. This makes one, I believe stronger, honest, and acquire more knowledge “As least you know you were wrong, that makes at least on thing right. Right? Correct).
Knowledge is all around us, in every aspect of daily life. We must absorb what is around us and continues on a journey towards ultimate knowledge. I don’t know what it looks like but, I should know when I get There.
How do you feel about Epistemology? how do you think one learns or absorbs ideas?
Anyone into philosophy? Im doing a thesis about this. Lets hash it out.