Difference Between Belief And Truth

1269 Words Feb 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Knowledge is defined as a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning. The philosopher, Aristotle, defined the term universal knowledge as knowing everything about the universe. However, Aristotle seemed to think that it was not humanly possible for one to obtain universal knowledge. Although the term knowledge may seem very simple, philosophers have been trying to formulate a clear definition for years. Some philosophers believe knowledge involves three main situations and when one meets these three situations, they can say they know something to be true. First, one must believe a certain statement is true. Although one may believe this statement is true, it most certainty can be false. In clearer terms, it implies that what one may think about the certain statement may not match up with the way the world really is. This is the clear distinction between belief and truth. Secondly, the certain statement must in fact be true. For example, the statement, “The sky is blue” is true if the sky is blue. The first statement in quotes signifies a true statement and the second statement signifies the way the world actually is. Many philosophers seem to write truth statements this way because it gives readers a sense of idea that the statement may in fact be wrong. If you truly believe something is true you hold on to…
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