Essay 13: “What it means to ‘know a fact'”

By grasping what it means to ‘know a fact’, we can gain clarity about what constitutes a good, innovative idea for us to pursue.  We also can gain insight into the limitations – or, stated more positively, the range of applicability – of such knowledge.

In this essay, I explore what is referred to as the Standard, or Traditional, Analysis of Knowledge – the definition of knowing a fact as ‘Justified True Belief’.  While imperfect and incomplete, this definition serves us well and is worth considering.

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