Certainty Essays

  • On Certainty

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    On Certainty In his essay “An Argument for Skepticism”, Peter Unger makes the case for the “universal form of the skeptical thesis”. He is arguing for the position that any type of knowledge is impossible for any person. His argument seems to be a simple one, derived from two very clear hypotheses, but that is not the case. This paper is an attempt to show that while philosophically interesting, Unger’s attack on knowledge is not nearly so damaging as he contends. I will argue that Unger

  • Quest For Certainty

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    “The Quest for Certainty” The Seven Storey Mountain By Thomas Merton In the autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton explains how he sought to find certainty in his life through religion. Merton began the book by giving an overview of his early childhood. His father was from New Zealand and his mother was an American who lived in France. Both his father and mother were artists and did not earn much money. When his parents needed extra money, Merton’s father would do various

  • Doubt Vs Certainty

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    Nothing in life is certain. One can never truly be sure of anything. In fact life is a constant struggle between doubt and certainty. We are constantly reminded that certainty in a future profession or dream will lead to success but this is simply not true. When we look at everything that is believed to be true, how do we know that it is true with absolute certainty? Certainty in and of itself is unobtainable. As humans beings we have doubts about everything no matter how desperately we want to believe

  • Free Essays: There is No Certainty in Dover Beach

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    There is No Certainty in Dover Beach How can life or anything be so wonderful, but at times seem so unbearable? This is a question that Matthew Arnold may have asked himself one day, while writing Dover Beach. This is a poem about a sea and a beach that is truly beautiful, but hold much deeper meaning than what meets the eye. The poem is written in free verse with no particular meter or rhyme scheme, although some of the words do rhyme. Arnold is the speaker speaking to someone he loves. As the

  • Certainty in Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy

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    Certainty in Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy René Descartes was the first philosopher to raise the question of how we can claim to know anything about the world with certainty. The idea is not that these doubts are probable, but that their possibility can never be entirely ruled out. If we can never be certain, how can we claim to know anything? The First Meditation of Meditations on First Philosophy, subtitled "What can be called into doubt," opens with the Meditator reflecting

  • Essay On Certainty And Certainty

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    situation: certainty and doubt. These feelings that people often have are connected very closely. It would be extremely beneficial for each and every person to be certain in all situations. Both certainty and doubt can be, and have been, the deciding factor in reaching a goal or failing in reaching it. Doubt in oneself oftentimes leads to lack of certainty, and a lack of certainty brings about doubt, and this relationship is key to success or failure in all walks of life. Both certainty and doubt

  • Difference Between Certainty And Certainty

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    The idea of certainty and self-belief is a that is expressed in many medias. This belief of certainty is usually expressed through phrases such as “You can do it!” What one should wonder is if this self-certainty is really for the best. Afterall, too much of this certainty can lead to rash actions with negative consequences. The solution to this is doubt; not doubting everything that you do, but having a sense of doubt that will level with your certainty, which will give rise to correct and proper

  • Uncertainty in Heart of Darkness and The Stranger

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    information the reader receives. Also both lead characters miss information though Meursault does so intentionally while Marlow does so unintentionally. Camus enforces the correlation of uncertainty and tension in The Stranger when Meursault gains certainty and the tension that then flows from the book. While the correlation in show in Heart of Darkness when Marlow is uncertain and the tension around him heightens. In both The Stranger and Heart of Darkness, the authors choose a first person limited

  • On Explanation: Aristotelean and Hempelean

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    demanding rigors of scientific knowledge, whose first characteristics he saw to be 'certainty' and 'necessity'. (3) There are some problematic elements in just what Aristotle took these concepts to mean, but I postpone discussion of that to a later stage. The categorical syllogism, preferably in the familiar "Barbara" of the first figure of the first mood, Aristotle sees to be the ideal supplier of both the certainty and the necessity, with the scientific conclusion being the conclusion of the syllogism

  • montaigne and descartes on doubting

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    things. Descartes doubted all his previous knowledge from his senses, while Montaigne doubted that there were any absolute certainties in knowledge. Although they both began their philosophical processes by doubting, Montaigne doubting a constant static self, and Descartes doubted that anything existed at all, Descartes was able to move past that doubt to find one indubitably certainty, “I think, therefore I am”. How often do we question what is real or true? Descartes believed that doubting everything

  • Fallibilism and Epistemology

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    Epistemology The quest for certainty has gotten epistemology into a lot of hot water, and I propose we give it up as a mistake. We should freely admit we can’t be certain of anything, and move on. It is, of course, a reasonable question whether we can consistently get along without certainty, and even if it is possible, whether there is some terrible price to be paid if we do. I will argue that it is indeed possible to do without any epistemologically useful notion of certainty. I will also argue that

  • Indeterminacy: Order Versus Chaos

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    the aoristic logic which allows adequate descriptions of phenomena pertaining to an area of indeterminary. Aoristic logic provides a propositional calculus that makes possible the compatibility of order with indeterminacy. 1. Argument Truth, certainty, precision are the highest criteria for judgement on any statement concerning structures and processes of a universe within the reach of the human mind. People learned that the mythological heritage cannot satisfy all spiritual needs and, consequently

  • Paradoxes of Power in Sociological Insight by Randall Collins

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    may take, such as money and coercion, which are negated as valid forms of power. Lastly, the importance of implicit principles and understandings is emphasized, also illustrating that power is most firmly established in the realms of both certainty and uncertainty. In accordance with the title of Chapter Three, Paradoxes of Power, Collins' main point is that power is truly a contradiction; the word itself evokes images of monarchs and times long gone by. But in the present day and

  • David Hume On Empiricism

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    have reason and we believe what we choose to believe. On the basis of philosophy and the claims of science to know, only philosophy, in its yearning for certainty, has tried to suggest that there is such a thing as a law of cause and effect. Science rests content in making predictions based on experience without claiming any kind of certainty or privileged reasoning to back these predictions up. Hume might then also defend his own philosophy, saying that he proceeds according to a similar method

  • Descartes Meditations

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    Meditations is a discussion of metaphysics, or what is truly real. In these writings, he ultimately hopes to achieve absolute certainty about the nature of everything including God, the physical world, and himself. It is only with a clear and distinct knowledge of such things that he can then begin understand his true reality. Descartes starts by looking at our usual sources for truth. Authority, which is churches, parents, and schools, he says, are not reliable sources for truth because time shows

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth - Innocent and Naive Macbeth

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    advantage of the surplus of ambition that had served him so well in his desire for victory over Macdonwald and use it to instill in him the need to be King. Still, desire is not enough for Macbeth and he is thus driven "to seek certainty as his one objective. He wants certainty from the witches . . . at whatever cost" (Campbell 228). Macbeth, however, is not completely lost yet; honour and justice remain in him, and although it takes him some time to fully consider the consequences of the witches' words

  • What it Means to be a Thinking Reed

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    proved, and both with certainty though by different means. (p.28) The heart has its order, the mind has its own, which uses principles and demonstrations…. (p.94) Before seeing the relationship between “the heart” and “the mind” that is implicit in these two quotations, one must first understand what Pascal means by the order of “the mind.” According to the two quotations the mind’s order includes using “Principles and demonstrations” to prove propositions with certainty. The word “demonstration”

  • The Psychopath Test Essay

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    The Psychopath Test The Book, The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson is about Jon Ronson trying to learn and discover the inside and out of a psychopath. Jon is a journalist who is drawn into the world of psychopathy through a mysterious book that was delivered by an anonymous person to many different types of people. This prompts Jon to look deeper and he comes out thinking that the person who wrote this book is a psychopath. As his story matures he comes across a man named David Shayler. David has

  • Nothing Is Certain

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    Theory of Knowledge Writing Assignment “Nothing can be known with certainty'; Is this statement true? Are you certain? In this essay I plan to show that nothing can be known with certainty, I will examine the truth and certainty of life and of humans, and prove that nothing can be known for certain. Sir Isaac Newton came up with many theories of time and space. Euclid said that there can be a concept of a straight line but Newton said nothing could ever travel in a straight line, see illustration

  • J.B.Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls

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    says, “…you’ll hear some people say that war’s inevitable. And to that I say-fiddlesticks!” which means that he thought there wasn’t going to be a war. This prediction failed because the World War I happened in 1914. This let down Mr. Birling's certainty. Another example in which Mr. Birling's predictions failed was when he said, “the Titanic …unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable.” We all know that the Titanic did sink and proved him erroneous again. An impressive contrast between the young and