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For my non-academic philosophy followers

Epistemology is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.

Philosophy of mind is a branch of philosophy that studies the nature of the mind, mental events, mental functions, mental properties, consciousness, and their relationship to the physical body, particularly the brain.

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"Knowledge is truth understood. Wisdom is truth lived."
- Ethereal Meditation

But what is truth? Can we really know truth?

Yes, of course we can know truth(s), but being able to recognize it is another matter…

Well I suppose it depends on whether you think that there is absolute truth or not and even at that, just because something is subjective it doesn’t follow that it can’t be a true statement, it’s just a weaker form of truth.

I understand the quote is attempting to link knowledge to truth to wisdom to show a hierarchy.

"Wisdom is truth lived" is a statement I can live with, of course there is a little artistic license as in the absence of known truth you can still be wise with a logical use of available knowledge.

"Knowledge is truth understood" I don’t like so much because it implies that there is no such thing as poor knowledge when in fact there is no such thing as poor truth. So if anything "truth is knowledge understood" but then the literary device of a hierarchy is broken so the revised quote wouldn’t flow so well.

(Source: etherealmeditation.com)

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The Little Philosopher ®

I haven’t given thelittlephilosopher a full read through myself compared to other blogs I’ve promoted but I believe the content of the blog is enough in itself to give a promo.

Western thought and Christian morality is expectedly pervasive in our thinking and eastern ideas are at times hard to come by. This blog has some excellent quotes from eastern thinkers as well as some western greats too so for that alone it’s an excellent blog to diversify your philosophy arsenal.

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Although in brighter news

I have decided to pursue a career in philosophy beyond university and once I start back in classes again I plan to take an Olly Lennard style approach to the blog in the sense that I want to basically give away my degree to my followers, passing on what I learn to the blog for a university tuition fee free price. The first action of that will be to get my first year essays redrafted by my lecturers and post them up but generally it will be less my opinion and more theory when it comes to lessons.

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