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Approaching the knowledge of knowing using premises

The only thing(knowledge) that I know is that I don't know anything/I know nothing. (Universal Quant.). Does this mean that I don't even know that I know to begin with? The only thing(knowledge) that ...
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What probability that a premise is true is sufficient for the premise to be believed?

Imagine that there is some probability, for any given premise, that the truth of some conclusion depends on the truth of that premise. This means that as the number of unproven premises increases, so ...
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If unproven premises lead to a valid conclusion, could this be a coincidence?

Suppose that one has a bunch of unproven premises, which lead to a valid conclusion. Instead of this proving that the premises are true, could it be a coincidence that the conclusion is true, not ...
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Do premises need to be true?

In logic, you start with premises that lead to a conclusion. Can you start a logical argument with premises that are not true?
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How can you know if premises are true?

In logic, you start with premises to obtain conclusions. But how do you know that the premises themselves are true?
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Can premises be proven true if they lead to true conclusions?

Suppose that we have a bunch of premises which are unproven, but lead to a valid conclusion. Are the premises therefore valid?
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Do premises need to be valid conclusions?

I recently purchased "A Concise Introduction to Logic" by Patrick Hurley. I have a concern: if premises must be valid conclusions, can we ground truth on anything? Using an example from the ...
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Is it possible for a premise to be both tautologous and contradictory? [closed]

Is it possible for a premise to be both tautologous and contradictory? If it is possible, how so?
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