An Introduction to the Philosophy of Knowledge by Jennifer Trusted (auth.)

By Jennifer Trusted (auth.)

A brief account of the philosophy of data for college students examining philosophy for the 1st time. It additionally serves as a normal creation to these attracted to the topic. Jennifer relied on examines the character of philosophy as a topic for examine and means that it has sensible use in addition to highbrow charm because it is anxious with constructing our realizing via serious appraisal of the thoughts we use, so making our difficulties transparent. Dr relied on additionally appears to be like on the process of a few of the prime philosophers of the western global to the philosophy of information. The perspectives of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant are thought of. There are chapters mostly interested in the perspectives of the twentieth-century philosophers: A.J. Ayer and Norman Malcolm. The concluding bankruptcy summarises many of the techniques and how they give a contribution to clarifying our ideas.

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This is worth noting, for it shows that in his own lifetime Aristotle was an eminent and highly respected figure. It is not surprising that Philip of Macedon invited him to be tutor to his son, Alexander, the future Alexander the Great. Aristotle went to the Macedonian court in 343 BC. Many people have speculated as to the influence Aristotle had on Alexander. I am rather inclined to agree with Bertrand Russell: . . we are left free to conjecture whatever seems to us most plausible. For my part, I should suppose it nil.

44 below for Platonic hesitations about this. Forms or Ideas must not be taken to be concepts or ideas in the sense that we use the word 'idea' today. The latter are dependent on our minds and are produced by our mental activity. But the Forms are supposed to exist quite independently of us and our thoughts. For Plato they were the permanent objective reality to which, if we applied our mental powers, our concepts might correspond. Hence the term 'Idea' is misleading, and even the term 'Form' is misleading since it implies that non-material entities have a physical shape.

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