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Knowledge, Belief, Opinion

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Thuy-Khue Tran Ms. Takao 12 January 2009 Theory of Knowledge Information is often misconstrued, distorted and erred. Due to the vast availability of information, the line between knowledge, belief and opinion is frequently blurred. It is difficult to distinguish one from another when striving for true wisdom. The incessant quest for true wisdom addresses the question, "How do we know what we know?" However, the answer cannot be rudimentary and concise when the architecture of the human mind is intricately divided into three categories: knowledge, belief and opinion. The investigation of the source, nature, manner and limits of human thoughts unveils the difference between knowledge, belief and opinion. ...read more.


In all of man's intellectual endeavors, there is a struggle to achieve the impossible, to validate all three. Knowledge is taught in through a text book, belief arises from religion and opinion originates from thoughts. Correspondence, coherence, and consistency go hand in hand with knowledge. Information that can be proved or disproved is considered knowledge, something that can be taught and learned. While knowledge is practical and rational, opinions are thoughts and ideas that can not be verified so it is neither false nor true. They are commonly considered as normative statements in philosophy. ...read more.


Beliefs do not need to be justified or accepted by others. Belief does not call for convincing evidence that can be analyzed, studied and tested. Rationalism states that truth is acquired through revelations and convictions and belief tends to follow the same pattern. Knowledge, belief and opinion should not be presented as a problematic or conflicting interpretation of information. Political, economic, social and cultural influences manipulate information. Hence, knowledge is rarely imparted in an impartial fashion. Information is best analyzed and manipulated, not memorized to transform their meaning and discover other perspectives. The distinction between knowledge, belief and opinion is crucial if we are to defend our cherished views and judgments. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tran 1 ...read more.

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