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Discuss the strength and weaknesses of using logic as the justification for your knowledge claims

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´╗┐Discuss the strength and weaknesses of using logic as the justification for your knowledge claims. What does it really mean when one says ?be logical? or ?keep your head on straight?? What makes an argument justifiable? And what are the requirements that justify a knowledge claim? Using logic in order to justify a knowledge claim is definitely an essential aspect but not the only one. Arguments may be perfectly logical and valid but not necessarily true, meaning that not all logical arguments are good reasons and justify what we claim to know. In my opinion, logic is not the only thing that is able to justify a knowledge claim. Although it is a crucial aspect, other ways of knowing are also required when it comes to the justification of knowledge claims. There are many weaknesses to using logic as the justification for knowledge claims because something being logical may not be true and therefore not justify anything claims. However, there are also strengths to using logic as a justification as such that if something is not logical it is very unlikely it will be true. ...read more.

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There are also some weaknesses to using logic and that is why people often use more than one way of knowing in order to justify their knowledge claims. Inductive logic, that is, when something specific helps one reach a general conclusion. It is a very flawed type of logic is often how we build up knowledge but it is very important to use it correctly and have sufficient examples to support the general conclusion. It is very common for us to generalize and that is when inductive reasons become flawed, and people exploit generalizations. It is important to have several examples and experiences in order to draw a general conclusion. For example, in science it is very important to do repeat trials in order to make sure the conclusion follows accordingly. If someone were to draw a general conclusion only by using a specific subject it would be very probable that the conclusion would not be representative of most cases, which would result in the conclusion not being reliable. Then how many cases do people have to look at before they are able to draw general conclusions from them? ...read more.

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Some religions may seem very logical for people that believe in them while they may sound absolutely illogical for those who do not. A person that strongly believes in their religion might say that it is enough for them to use faith as a justification of their knowledge claims but in fact this still results in their faith being logical to them. So, even though it might not be logical to other people and they do not share the same faith, logic is still used as the principal justification of the knowledge claim. This is why people have different requirements and different standards for considering what are and what are not good reasons for a knowledge claim. In conclusion, it is essential to use logic to justify knowledge claims but it becomes even more reliable when more ways of knowing are used as well. If something was to be completely logical but logic was their only reason for claiming to know such thing, the argument would become weaker. Where as, if something is logical and is backed by sensory perception or faith, it is more likely to be a stronger argument. While logic is a very strong justification for claiming to know something it may not be strong enough. The question is, are there ever enough justifiable reasons to absolutely know something? ...read more.

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