Tonight, we are going to discuss Belief, Knowledge and Truth, and how they can interact with each other and reality.
Definitions of Belief, Truth, and Knowledge
A proposition you accept as/believe to be true.
This does not define whether the belief is rational or not, nor does it define the strength, it simply demonstrates a positive attitude towards a particular proposition.
The quality or state of being true.
That which is true or in accordance with fact and/or reality.
- facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
- awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.
- A justified true belief.
- Belief in detail – Types of belief, e.g. Rational, irrational, arational.
- The difference in a psychological state of disbelief to a logical state of disbelief.
- Truth in detail – what makes something true?
- Knowledge in detail – Justified true belief.
- So how does Truth and belief tie in to knowledge?
- Burden of proof on a belief vs knowledge.
- Does agnosticism only deal with knowledge?
(history of position to modern usage.)
- Fallacy of the week.
- Conflated and Misunderstood terms Volume 4: Belief, Faith, Evidence
- Is Atheism a Choice?
- Conflated and Misunderstood terms Volume 2: Atheism, Theism, Agnosticism
Reading List and References
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry for Epistemology
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry for Belief
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry for Truth
- Wireless Philosophy series Epistemology: Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge
- Carnaedes.org video The Correspondence Theory of Truth
- Ayer, A.J. (1936) Language, Truth, and Logic, Dover Publications
- Blackburn, S. (2006) Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed, Penguin
- Armstrong, D.M. (2009) Belief, Truth, and Knowledge