Do you ever
wonder if you know anything for certain? For example, have you ever
wondered whether you are truly alive or if life is only a dream one
simply cannot wake up from? In his argument for skepticism, Peter
Unger, states that nobody ever knows anything to be so (Unger,
Pg. 42). According to Ungers argument one simply cannot know
anything about anything. One cannot know oneself, the world, or
others. One does not know pain nor pleasure. One simply does not
know anything. Through the use of different methods, however, one
can indeed know things about oneself, the world, and others in
contrast to what Peter Ungers argument for skepticism states.
In order to understand Ungers argument for skepticism and why it cant be an accepted argument, one must first understand what the argument he is trying to pose is, his reason for posing such an argument, and what knowledge and skepticism are. According to the justified true belief, knowledge is something one believes, is true, and one can be justified in believing it (Class Notes). There are two types of skepticism: extreme skepticism and external world skepticism. Extreme skepticism is the view that show more content
One method one can know things about themselves is through the senses. One can see and feel that one has two arms, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, etc. One can also hear oneself when talking and smell oneself after a workout. If someone really wanted to, one could even tastethemselves. One can also feel pain when one breaks a bone or when one is heartbroken. Similarly one can know love and hate, happiness and sadness, and hope and disbelief. Another method one can know things about themselves is through skill knowledge. For example, one can say that one knows how to play an instrument. One can and should know things about oneself in order to have individualism and prove to oneself that one is
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