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english  All truths are beliefs but not all beliefs are truths

Ben: emailbenapollo@yahoo.com, 09.05.2002, 03:13
Original: english  "A belief is what we accept as truth." (Adrian), 15.07.2001, 10:03



I find a fault in the logic of the statement...


please refer to my title for my resolve : "All truths are beliefs, but not all beliefs are truths." I think that's pretty self-explanatory, but I will continue to expand...

What you (quote-unquote) KNOW to be true may or may not actually be true, thus KNOWLEDGE can be interpreted as BELIEF which has been accepted as truth, however ... your question is "a BELIEF is what we accept as truth," not, "KNOWLEDGE is what we accept as truth," thus I think you have a good starting point to blag a bit on your essay.

To begin the blagging:  It is possible to distinguish between beliefs, such as belief in gravity and belief in a one-legged ferret who lives in your brain and speaks to you occasionally.  While the latter belief is a bit farsical, it is shown to make a point, and another belief can be substituted instead, such as belief that the Bears will win the Super Bowl next year because they have a good defense.  Basically, what I am saying is that any knowledge of basic truths that a measly human being may accidentally stumble upon can still be labelled beliefs, seemingly affirming the said resolve of your essay; however, so can opinions.  BELIEF = OPINION AND/OR TRUTH

SO - a BELIEF CAN be accepted as truth, but also a BELIEF CAN be accepted as a falsity (i.e. false conjecture or opinion).

selamat,
ben.