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Why We Can Have Justified Confidence in Knowledge We Gain From Experience

What is Reality?

It sometimes strikes me how much disparity there is among philosophers, even within the same 
stream. And this has always been true.  It reaches all the way back to the dawn of Greek philosophy with the Milesians. But it is captured especially well by the relationship of the two most significant Greek philosophers who were not only contemporaries but master and pupil no less—Plato and Aristotle.  Since then, rather than reaching eventual consensus among themselves, the disparities have continued through history to more recent eras with their prominent thinkers such as Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Berkeley, Spinoza, and Hume to name just a few. Today’s students of philosophy might be hard-pressed to choose which if any one system is true as a whole.  The neophyte may be plunged into utter confusion until he/she can sort through the plethora of arguments for and against every conceivable belief they once held, not to mention the ideas they have never even considered.  (As I see it, the university seems to relish in this.)  On the other hand, as seen from another perspective and through different lenses it is very impressive to note how much commonality there actually is.  It really depends on what one is looking at.  Philosophical disparities are every bit as pronounced today as ever they were, but I will focus much more on the commonalities.
  • 1 April 2019
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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