Epistemology Paper

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Epistemology Schools Paper

Arika Boyd

PHL/215

Dixie Hoyt

09/15/09

Epistemology or theory of knowledge is a branch of philosophy related to the scope and nature of knowledge. The subject focuses on examining the nature of knowledge, and how it relates to beliefs, justification, and truth. Epistemology contract with the means of production of knowledge, as well as skepticism about different knowledge claims. The question is what does people Know? The core of this questions and area of study is Skepticism, in which there have been many approaches involved in trying to disprove a particular form of this school. This paper will discuss the Epistemology school of Skepticism, the contributors whom created the school; the
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The arguments were ranged widely from the claim that skeptics could not be fully skeptical because they believed their own accusations are true to the claim that skeptics will not make reliable friends. In the late 1980’s, a number of scholars of skepticism continued to maintain claims, but opinions turned in the 90’s as a consensus emerge in which skeptics could live their skepticism, and it wouldn’t be any more immoral than followers of other philosophies. Sextus Text consisted of refutation of other dogmatic philosophies since he quoted other philosophers ideas in order to refute them. The text had been an important source of information about ancient Stoicism, Epicureanism, and many other philosophies.

A few examples of Skepticism are suppose Monica claims the bird she is looking at is a robin and Michael believes if Monica looked carefully, she would see its coloration is slight off compared to a real robin. Its breast is too orange, and furthermore, Michael believes that it flies somewhat differently that robins do. The bird seems to flitter more than a typical bird. There are two grounds of doubting that Monica knows that this is a robin and it’s the color of the bird, and the flight pattern. Monica can show that the grounds for doubt is false or she could show that the grounds for doubt , though true can be neutralized. Another Example

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