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Question Can scepticism be defended perhaps in a limited form 1 IntroductionThis essay centres around what it means to know something is true and also why it isimportant to distinguish between what you know and do not or can not knowThe sceptic in challenging the possibility of knowing anything challenges the basis onwhich all epistemology is based It is from this attack on epistemology that the defenceof scepticism is seen2 Strong ScepticismStrong scepticism states that it is not possible to know anything That is we cannot haveabsolute knowledge of anything This can however immediately have the reflexive argumentturned on it and have the question begged of it If it is not possible to knowanything then how is it you know that nothing is knowable Strong Scepticism istherefore unable to be defended3 A Definition of KnowledgeKnowledge can be said to be information that the brain has received that meets a certainset of criteria When someone states that they know something they must also believe thatthat something is so If they did not believe in it then how could they take it in asknowledge they would instead be doubtful of it and look for evidence or justificationas to why they should believe itSecondly for someone to believe in something they must also believe that it is true Ifthey did not believe that it was true then what is mentioned above would not occurSo so far it is decided that knowledge should be true belief How does one come to theconclusion that something is true however We seek justification The justificationreally is the most important part of the criteria because without it one cannot saysomething is true and therefore cannot say that one believesThis does however bring up the question of how does something become justified do wehear it from other people see it on the news The justification of something reallydepends on its predictability If something becomes predictable then it can
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