Questions tagged [epistemology]

Epistemology is the study of knowledge, acquisition thereof, and the justification of belief in a given claim.

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Reality-related mathematical axioms

We are often told (Feynman i.a.) that mathematics is different from science in that the results are not measurable. We might take the speculation a bit further and wonder if indeed mathematics is ...
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Should we define truth (given it exists)?

Should we, human-beings, try to define truth (given truth exists in reality)? Personally, I don't think we should reduce truth to symbols and syllables because I think it will take us into weird ...
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To say that something is a logical consequence is always a subjective statement?

"A mathematically proven statement would be absolutely correct if all the axioms and inference rules used in the proof are first accepted as absolutely correct. That is the whole purpose of creating ...
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Is the belief in God different to gambling with the truth? [closed]

As far as I can tell, belief in God is gambling with the truth due to the following thought process. Axiom (1): Existence is defined by interaction. Axiom (2): A statement of truth can be modulated ...
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Is imagination a sufficient condition for something to exist?

We can imagine a chair and build it, We can imagine the Starship Enterprise And given the neccessary technological knowledge build it. We can imagine a living flying elephant and it seems given the ...
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Can "why-is" close the "is-ought" gap? [closed]

[UPDATE: Clarified that choosing what-ought-to-be from what-can-be is based on our knowledge of ourselves, not on our knowledge of good and evil] “I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of ...
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Is a set that contains itself always logically incoherent? [closed]

This is an ontological engineering question, please treat it that way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology_engineering I am examining this question from the point of view of ontological ...
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Relationship between epistemology and ontology [closed]

In what domain do questions about the nature of knowledge fall epistemology or ontology? How do you distinguish the two fields?
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What constitutes valid knowledge? [closed]

What constitutes valid knowledge in philosophy? I am not asking what is valid knowledge from an analytic standpoint nor am I asking for a definition of valid knowledge. I am asking what is valid ...
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What *objective* criteria can be used to judge philosophical refutations?

What objective criteria can be used to judge philosophical refutations? Say for example that someone is writing a criticism of Karl Popper. What are ways to reject the criticism without getting into ...
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what's the word/idea that everything has to be tested by science for it to count as fact? [closed]

UPDATE -- go educate yourself --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEPcQ6sIOTY note: being helpful is more important than anything else, please recommend in answers, comments, etc. [ solved ] what's ...

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