The Philosophy of Life

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What is real in the universe? Why do we act the way we do? How do we know what is good and what is bad? These are the questions that people have always wondered about. There are opposing theories to answer these questions for us and with critical interpretation of these theories and concepts one can form their own answers around their beliefs. I will explain the different ways that we obtain our knowledge as well as point out my personal answers to these questions giving explanations of the different philosophers and their theories that have guided me through the process of finding my own truth in the universe.

The workings of the mind have been the focus of philosophers from the beginnings of humanity. One primary focal point that has been thought over by numerous philosophers is what exactly constitutes knowledge. This can be witnessed by the many different epistemological theories put forward throughout the ages.

Everyone has his or her own theory of what constitutes knowledge. I do not think that anyone can ever know anything for certain. I believe that we can sense certain sights, smells, and sounds but our senses can be mistaken. We are let down by our senses all of the time. For example, we see optical illusions, mirages, we mishear people, and we confuse scents. Also if you think about all of the senses that we are lacking that other species have, we are missing out on a great deal of reality. Other animals, such as bloodhounds, have drastically stronger senses of smell, snakes can see heat, and dolphins as well as bats communicate through high frequency sounds that humans could never be able to hear. Added to all the other things that go on around us daily that we might be missing,