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What Is Knowledge?

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Tasha Sapien
PHI- 103
February 6, 2013
Dr. Graviss
What Is Knowledge?
What comes to mind when one is asked about the definition of knowledge? This question was especially difficult for me to answer because I am not sure exactly what it means, but I know what it entails and how to acquire it. it is understandable that there are many different levels of knowledge which are usually measured in the amount of degrees that one earns or even personal experience. When I thought of knowledge, education was one of the first words that I thought about. I am attending Grand Canyon University so that I may gain more knowledge in my field of study and have gained knowledge in many other aspects of my life as well. It is important to understand how one can acquire knowledge which can be proven through Gettier’s counter- example of knowledge. It is important to understand the definition of knowledge, the possibility of having knowledge and the personal viewpoints of some of the greatest philosophers.

The meaning of knowledge can be very difficult to define because each person will have his or her own implication. Knowledge is a justified and true belief. Knowledge may be true based on what is indeed true and what is believed to be true. There are indeed counter examples to prove this definition wrong in which Edmund Gettier’s problem occurs. In one of Gettier’s counterexample of knowledge, Smith and jones are running for president in the elections. Smith believes that Jones will be elected president because he might have been told so by the campaign and the fact that the man that will win the election is the one who has ten coins in his pocket. He knew that Jones had ten coins in his pocket and knew that Jones would be elected. Unexpectedly, Smith won the election and actually had ten coins in his pocket without knowing it. The whole point of this counterexample is to determine if Smith knowing that the man with ten coins in his pockets winning the election is indeed...
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