Week 2 Knowledge and Truth

February 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM | Posted in Q&A | Leave a comment
  • What is the difference between ‘knowing’ something and ‘having knowledge of’ something?

Knowing something is having the basic knowledge of somthing

having Knowledge of something is when we have experience of that thing

example of the difference is

A Person who is not from computing line knows that a laptop is a laptop; but a person who is a computer expert or a from computing field have the knowledge that what he can do with the laptop.

  • How do we know that something is ‘true’?

We know that something true when we have the evidence for that thing.

example for knowing something is true

Situation : We are going to from Nelson to Motueka

True: we start our journey form Nelson to Richmond and then we will reach Motueka

False: we start our journey from Nelson towards Picton, we will never be able to reach Moteka

we have the evidence that somebody have already been to Motueka and this is the way.

  • What is ‘true’ or ‘truth’? What does it mean for something to be true? What is a fact?

True or Truth is that this thing is surely going to happen no matter what, we have proper evidence for this.

something to be true is that we have facts for something.

fact is the evidence provide for something.

Week 2 Find the Meaning

February 28, 2010 at 9:33 PM | Posted in Q&A | Leave a comment


Ontology  is the philosophicalstudy of the nature of being, existence or reality in general, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.

In other words, the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such.


Epistemology or theory of knowledge is the branch of philosophyconcerned with the nature and scope (limitations) of knowledge. It addresses the questions:

  • What is knowledge?
  • How is knowledge acquired?
  • What do people know?
  • How do we know what we know?

Much of the debate in this field has focused on analyzing the nature of knowledge and how it relates to similar notions such as truth, belief, andjustification. It also deals with the means of production of knowledge, as well as skepticism about different knowledge claims.

The term was introduced into English by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808–1864)

In other words, a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.


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