we have had this discussion before


But it is one of those I like having. Maybe I am predisposed to like indefiniteness. Or maybe because most if not our knowledge is provisional and open to revision when our ways of gathering data improves or when a challenge is mounted on current knowledge that shows our understanding of a given topic has been wrong or misguided.

It could also be possible that whilst some questions have been settled, there is reluctance to accept the answers. And this reluctance could be sustained by the fact many believe the old answers without reflection or are afraid that accepting the new answers would turn their worlds topsy turvy. For example, it is settled that asses never spoke nor snakes walking upright or men fish eating men and surviving whole for 3 days under water or that some man was born without a father and then committed deicide. These are just a few of the old answers that we cannot accept as true knowledge.

Tell me what you think.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

30 thoughts on “we have had this discussion before

  1. Oh, this is easy! Once everyone becomes a devout Muslim and worships no God but Allah, all questions will become mute because all questions will be answered! $Allahu Akbar$ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. keithnoback says:

    I agree. The justified true belief model doesn’t work. Our knowledge is hypothetical.

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  3. Neil Rickert says:

    As the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words”.

    Science gives us the actions. Philosophy only gives us the words. That’s why science is so much more effective.

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    • makagutu says:

      You have a point here

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      • basenjibrian says:

        But without the words that help us discuss things among ourselves and to decide worthy goals, we get a science that creates the nuclear bomb. Or, apparently, the COVID virus.

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        • makagutu says:

          You even have a better point. That while science can make us a bomb or a gain of function virus, then we need philosophy the more

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          • basenjibrian says:

            It is philosophy (or religion) that answers the “should” questions.

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            • makagutu says:

              I don’t know whether religion answers any question. Because in the final analysis religious answers end with *because god*

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              • basenjibrian says:

                Well….maybe. I see religion as more one way of framing a discussion. Sure, it pretends to have a definitive answer “because god,” but that is only on the surface. It is really more of a “because in the evolution of our society and culture we (or at least the self-chosen elites) have come up with these answers to the big questions”. Of course, once there are people who benefit from or profit from these “answers”, things tend to calcify. But religion is not some outside force imposed on a culture (except in the case of colonialism, of course).

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  4. I’ve met talking asses and walking snakes, so I’m not sure where you’re going with this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. john zande says:

    Would they be able to tell simply from looking which was the globe and which was the cube?
    Of course they would. Clearly (as by sight) they can see the sharp angles on the cube, and the endless smoothness of the sphere.
    Does this make me the world’s best philosopher?

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  6. shelldigger says:

    Philosophers who actually find answers to questions posed, are soon out of a job. Better to stay on the payroll, by always flirting with the maybes.

    They don’t get paid to answer questions, they get paid to question questions.

    I agree with your old answers that do not deserve acceptance.

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