Essay on Truth, Knowledge, and Opinion
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Truth, Knowledge, and Opinion
WHAT IS TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, OPINION AND WHY IS EXTREME SKEPTICISM?
What is Truth, Knowledge, Opinion and why Extreme Skepticism is Self Contradictory?
Truth is simply the mind corresponding with reality, knowledge is having the truth and knowing that you have it and understanding why it is true, Opinion is having an hypothesis but not being entirely sure that your idea is true and extreme skepticism is self contradictory because skeptics say that there is truth ¡§that there is no truth¡¨. By doing this they are making a true statement. In this essay we shall discuss a more deeper and in-depth meaning truth, knowledge, opinion and why extreme skepticism is self-contradictory.
What is truth? Truth is…show more content…
This means that it is not something that we believe to be true, we know its true and we can prove that it is true and know why it is true. Knowledge is connected with both opinion and truth. Knowledge is connected to truth because without knowledge their cant be any truth.
Knowledge is also connected to opinion, because knowledge changes opinion to truth.
The word knowledge relates to the word to know, ¡§to know¡¨ is to posses the truth about an idea. An example of knowledge is that ¡§if you stick your hand in a blazing hot fire you will get burnt¡¨. In this occasion we have the truth because we can feel the heat of the fire. We also know why it is hot because of the exothermic reaction between the combustibles (fuel) and oxygen. In this example we know that it is true, we don¡¦t believe it to be true and why it is true. This is what makes it knowledge and not an opinion.
What is opinion? Opinion is the complete opposite of knowledge. Opinion is a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty. This means that opinions are those ideas that we have absolutely no proof of. All opinions are equally true and equally false. A man of right opinion cannot explain why he thinks as he does or cannot explain to others why he thinks he his opinion is right. We should base our reasoning on opinions held by all. Opinion is related to truth. An example of an opinion related
What is Truth? Essay
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Truth can be defined as conformity to reality or actuality and in order for something to be “true” it must be public, eternal, and independent. If the “truth” does not follow these guidelines then it cannot be “true.” Obviously in contrary anything that goes against the boundaries of “truth” is inevitably false. True and false, in many cases does not seem to be a simple black and white situation, there could sometimes be no grounds to decide what is true and what is false. All truths are a matter of opinion. Truth is relative to culture, historical era, language, and society. All the truths that we know are subjective truths (i.e. mind-dependent truths) and there is nothing more to truth than what we are willing to assert as true…show more content…
For instance, in Physics, Newton’s Law of Gravity may almost be one hundred percent definite but one cannot say that it is absolutely true - for example, what if I drop a pencil, it would fall down, but what would happen if it is released and then rises upwards. So we can’t really say anything about this law. For this law to be one hundred percent certain, we would have to know the future which is impossible. Though, we cannot say that it is false, something which is not entirely true does not automatically become false.
I would like to explain this claim by using another example in another area of knowledge i.e. art. Take the example of Mona Lisa painting, some people find that she is actually looking at the viewer, some think that she is not looking at them, some find that she is crying in the painting and some picturize her as smiling. So all these viewers are right in their way, as we cannot blame anyone saying that no Mona Lisa is smiling or no Mona Lisa is crying or anything for that matter. This really depends on the perception, emotions and reasoning ability of the viewer. As, if the viewer, who is in a happy mood, may find her smiling and those viewers who are not in a good mood may find her crying. So it depends upon the state of mind of the person who is watching the painting at that time. In this situation reasoning is dominated by emotion.
Take the example of colour