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which are the best ways to achieve knowledge?

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To answer this question I think it is necessary to firstly define the word knowledge. According to the English dictionary knowledge is the familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study or the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned. Plato said that for us to know something there are some conditions: it must be true, we must actually believe it and there must be sufficient evidence of it. He also stated that "There is nothing in the mind except what was first in the senses". To answer the essay question I am going to base it on this argument. ...read more.

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It would not be true to say that we know this is going to happen because we know the "fundamental truth" (the law of Gravity) that explain this action of the ball falling. The reason for this not to be true is that a child under the age of twelve has not come before this concept ever before but still knows what will happen with the ball; therefore it is wrong to say that because we know the "fundamental truth" we can predict what will happen with the ball. However, it can be argued that animals also live with the images and memories and that what makes us different to them is our ability to reason and think logically. ...read more.

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For example, a colour blind person might think that a car is green we it is actually red; but because the person has perceived it with his/her eyes she might think it is the truth; and this is when reason "comes into action", if the person knows he/she is colour blind she will be able to take this handicap into account in order to find the truth. In conclusion, I will say that in order to acquire knowledge the two basic needs are experience and reason; they are the ones that enable us to find the "true justified belief". By Alejandra Asensio Mathews In March 2008 WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO ACHIEVE KNOWLEDGE? March 2008 By Alejandra Asensio Mathews ...read more.

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