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Explain the difference between knowing something and believing something Something doesn't have to be true to be believable. People say lies and people believe them. There are things out, such as God, which there is no actually evidence to his/her being real, but for years people believe there is one. You can't stop someone believing something. Back in Columbus's day, people didn't even believe about the world being anything but flat, until Columbus proved it. He had evidence, it was proved that the world was, in actually fact, sphere. In this essay, I am going to show how believing something and knowing something is different and try explain the differences. The characteristics of knowledge are that it must be true; knowledge can't be knowledge if there is any doubt in any of it. ...read more.


Belief is something that someone wants to believe, whether it's true or not. There are two main types of philosophers, i) Empiricism - where philosophers believe that knowledge comes from our senses ii) Rationalism - where philosophers believe that knowledge comes through from our reasons and thoughts Some say that Empiricism is not a good way to believe where our knowledge comes from. Our senses can deceive us, for example, when we think we see someone we know on the street and wave to them, but our eyes have deceived us, because it isn't who we thought it was. Our thoughts are part of our knowledge, if we had no thoughts, we wouldn't have knowledge of anything, because we couldn't think about them. ...read more.


However, there are some arguments that can just be straightforward and true, for example, "I did not have mothballs for dinner last night", I know this, it was in the past, it has happened, I was there when I ate my dinner, I know that I had a curry, not mothballs, I know there is a difference between what mothballs are and what my curry looked like. This is a justified statement; I believe it, I know it is true and I saw the evidence. It is impossible to know something, which is yet to happen in the future. It may not happen - there could be a snowstorm tonight, which prevents you go out and doing what you intended, or the world might end tomorrow, so obviously you won't be able to what you wanted. ...read more.

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