Knowledge of Truth Essay

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The Gettier Problem is any thought experiment refuting knowledge being defined by JTB (Justified True Belief). Edmund Gettier’s analysis that he wrote in 1963 had many solutions following it. All arguing that either justification or belief is not necessary for knowledge. There have been no claims that truth is unnecessary for knowledge. Is the necessity of truth in knowledge a mutual understanding between all philosophers? Are there philosophers that want to argue the fact but cannot fully support their theory? I simply would like to propose that, indeed, truth is a necessity for knowledge. It is a common term that is used throughout arguments and solutions alluding to the Gettier Problem and knowledge. Within the realm of truth, I claim that all variously defined truths coincide with knowledge. Knowledge would not be knowledge without some sort of truth behind it. Sticking to my earlier statement of truth being fairly common in discussions about the Gettier Problem and knowledge, I will delve into a few examples. The “no false premises,” an early solution, was a simple adjustment to define knowledge as justified true belief independent of false premises. Therefore, according to this solution, knowledge of a proposed belief can only be acquired by true premises; even if by chance the subject is correct about a proposition based on a justified false belief. There can be false belief but not false knowledge. Another solution that became common was the introduction of a ‘Fourth Condition’ (JTB+G) which included the “defeasibility condition.” Truth plays a large role in this condition that states: In order to count as knowledge, there must not be any other truth that if it had been known, the subject would not believe. I interpret this in regards to any type of truth, whether it is pragmatic, coherent, corresponding, or even a truth based off the senses. No matter,

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