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Knowledge in Philosophy

Knowledge of Appearances

In my last post, I proved that the mind is active and seeks out relevant information. But further progress on the nature of the mind required investigating the knowledge of appearances. There is no real distinction between knowledge of appearances and theories of the world because some appearances are also theories of the world. Appearances cannot neatly be separated from our knowledge of the worl...

Pure Appearances?

In my last post, I discussed the connection between appearances and theories of the world. Many of our appearances are also theories of the world. There are no appearances that we could have that are not also theories of the world – at least in part. If there are some appearances that are not also theories of the world, then those appearances must contain the raw sense data favored by empiricists....

Comparing Theories of the World

In my previous post, I showed that there is no experiences or appearances of our world that are not also theories of the world. This means that a way is needed to compare these theories. There must be theoretical virtues such as simplicity and explanatory power that mean that one theory is better than another theory. No theory can be compared to another theory on the basis of any sensory input at ...

Perfections of Thought

In my previous post, I showed that theoretical virtues were innate because of our humanity but were also learned. They are learned by reflecting on our thoughts. Theoretical virtues are perfections of thought in the same way that moral virtues are perfections of our abilities. It might seem that theoretical virtues are simply dimensions to compare theories by. So the virtue of simplicity allows us...