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A former member
Post #: 13
One major aspect of philosophy which I've never taken a formal course in is epistemology. I've read Descartes' Meditations and Discourse on Method and hence have a bit of a basic primer on the subject but I've never really delved into the fine aspects of epistemology. In this thread I would like to try to learn a bit more about the subject with the help of some of the more learned folks in the group.

Here are some questions to kick things off with:

1. What, if anything, can we know with absolute, infallible certainty?

2. What does it mean for us if we cannot know something with absolute, infallible certainty? How does/should doubt affect our actions?

3. Is radical Cartesian doubt even possible? For instance I may not know for certain that jumping off a particular window ledge of a tall building will kill me but that is not going to prevent me from avoiding said window ledge regardless.

4. What are some of your personal reflections on the subject of epistemology?

Thank you for the discussion. :)
A former member
Post #: 485
After Descartes, you'll want to read Berkeley.

As for your questions:
1. nothing
2. dude
3. try stabbing yourself in the chest first
4. that's personal
A former member
Post #: 517

A former member
Post #: 523
What are your thoughts with regard to Alan Watts' disquisition below:

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