Argument Essay On Skepticism

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Skepticism is the general view concerning the extent of human knowledge. Skeptics state that no one can ever know any proposition, meaning the beliefs we form, but that does not mean they are saying all our beliefs are false. Skeptics have always said it is possible for any of our beliefs to be true but if it is, in fact, true you would not be able to tell if it had ever been false. One argument skeptics often use to support the idea that no one truly knows if any belief is true is the Possibility For Error Argument. This argument centers around the idea that for any proposition, there is always some possibility for error. This supports the idea that no one ever knows any proposition. An example of this would be if someone stated that they knew they were not going to win the lottery. If this person thought they knew this because they did not, in fact, buy a lottery ticket, there is still the small chance someone could buy one for them or even that…show more content…
A way to do this is by analyzing the general form that can be applied to Descartes argument. To understand this you must first be told that P stands for “proposition.” If you know any P. then you would know you are merely dreaming that P. If that is true then for any P, you do not know that you are not merely dreaming that P. In conclusion, if you do not know if you are dreaming P or not that would have to mean you do not know any proposition. The cogito argument is Descartes 's argument he uses against the skeptics idea that no one knows any proposition. He begins by him saying he is thinking that he exists. If he can think that he exists, then it has to be true that he exists. He then concludes from this that it must be true that he does indeed exist. This would make the skeptics claim that no one ever knows any proposition actually false if one can know they
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