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Is Knowledge Impossible? – Reading Tali Berlin

My initial question was: is it possible to have actual knowledge at all?

Since people view things and gather information through their senses, or through recording what other people have found through their senses, I was curious to know if it is actually possible to gather objective knowledge.

The reading I found is called “Is Knowledge Impossible?” by JW Gray, who argues that

It might be possible to have knowledge in the sense of having some degree of certainty or deep understanding, but it might be impossible to have absolute certainty or absolutely deep understanding. Those extreme kinds of knowledge could be impossible.

Gray concludes that there is no way of knowing for certain the absolute Truth about anything, but in our everyday world, having an understanding of how to go about life with the knowledge, True or not, of how to do so, is enough.


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