Talons Philosophy

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Colin Evans – Epistemology (Reading)



While surfing the net for interesting readings on knowledge, i came across a quote from Confucius that completely summed up my belief.

Confucius said,

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.”

To me this means that wisdom is revealed when you understand and are able to find practical applications for the knowledge that you have gained and also when you realize that even though you are well educated either formally or through experience that there’s still lots that you don’t know or understand.

“To know what you know” to me means that you need to be aware of the things you actually know for a fact, and not fool yourself or others into thinking you know something when you really don’t. “To know what you don’t know” By this I feel as if he means that you need to know when you’re stepping out of your range of knowledge, and to be aware and be able to accept that you cannot know everything.

While reading I came across topics like “Knowledge is knowing nothing” which right away without reading into the quote I was already confused as to how that was possible, so I didn’t go much deeper into that.  Also on the scientific side, knowledge is the thing you gain and store from experience and study which enables an Individual to be able to preform certain tasks and actions. And then Confucius’  belief “To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” Between the three I 100% agree with scientific statement because its the most realistic, logic and I can actually wrap my head around it but I’m usually drawn to the scientific side of things. In this unit I tried to stray away from my mainstream train of thought, trying to go deeper and more philosophical with the process of forming my opinion. So overall I agree with science but when it comes to philosophy I agree with the weird facial hair man Confucius.



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