Thursday's philosophy meetup topic: truth and certainty

From: David V.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:27 PM
Here are the questions we will discuss during tomorrow's discussion on truth and certainty:


What does it mean to say that a statement is "true?"

Does a claim about the truth of a statement refer to the subject of the claim (does the claim correspond to reality?) or the state of mind of the person making the claim (is the conclusion rational)?

Are there particular areas of knowledge or particular kinds of statements that is it possible or not possible to claim are true or false?

To what extent, and in what regard are true statements universally valid?

Are there degrees of truth? What are the requirements for the various degrees?

To what extent can we rely on our identification of truth or falsehood? To what extend can we rely on other's truth claims?


What does it mean to say that you are certain about something?

What, if anything, can we be certain of?

Can certainty be defined in terms of a particular probability, such as 99.99 or 100%?

What is the epistemological method or the conditions needed to be certain of something?

Is it possible to make a perfectly rational conclusion about the certainty of something and still be wrong?

(Don't forget - we meet just inside the store, by the cafe area.)

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