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Originally posted by seagrass
So you are asking what other problems there could be to having supposed knowledge, and considering something as fact? What it takes to make a piece of knowledge fact?
Why is it useful to know there is a rabbit in a field? If you are a hunter, if you are a nature lover, a rabbit catcher, a hungry person.
No one answered so I thought I would give it a shot.
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
No offense, but this seems to be much ado about nothing. To me, it is either fact or it's not. I mean, if I see a rabbit and say that there is a rabbit in the field and others se it as well, then I don't see any "problem" at all. Honestly, I don't understand what you are trying to get at.
He also held that scientific theory, and human knowledge generally, is irreducibly conjectural or hypothetical, and is generated by the creative imagination in order to solve problems that have arisen in specific historico-cultural settings. Logically, no number of positive outcomes at the level of experimental testing can confirm a scientific theory, but a single counterexample is logically decisive: it shows the theory, from which the implication is derived, to be false.
Originally posted by Toromos
The issue is how we establish, or justify, that a certain state of affairs is a "fact", if we want to use that term. Traditionally, we would think about different ways that claims of fact are justified, and then analyze if those means of justification are reliable, accurate, etc. For example, we can justify certain facts empirically, such as the fact that my shirt is brown, by looking at it. (A skeptic like Descartes might push the issue, but all things being equal, if my senses are in order, we trust them.) I could also justify certain facts rationally, such as mathematical "facts", if there are such things.
Why do you feel that not being able to know has no impact on our ability to be able to know what is truth?
6 Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born and whence comes this creation?
The Gods are later than this world's production. Who knows then whence it first came into being?
7 He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it,
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not.