How do you know that what you know is true? That’s epistemology

How do you know that what you know is true? That’s epistemology

August 4, 2017 6.16am AEST

How can you justify your knowledge? Epistemology has a few answers. Flickr/World’s Direction

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How do you know what the weather will be like tomorrow? How do you know how old the Universe is? How do you know if you are thinking rationally?

These and other questions of the “how do you know?” variety are the business of epistemology, the area of philosophy concerned with understanding the nature of knowledge and belief.

Epistemology is about understanding how we come to know that something is the case, whether it be a matter of fact such as “the Earth is warming” or a matter of value such as “people should not just be treated as means to particular ends”.

It’s even about interrogating the odd presidential tweet to determine its credibility

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