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Single Idea 5634

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / a. Beliefs]

Full Idea

An 'opinion' is taking something to be true which is subjectively and objectively insufficient. 'Believing' is when it is subjectively sufficient and objectively insufficient. 'Knowing' is subjective and objective sufficiency (for myself, and everyone).

Gist of Idea

Opinion is subjectively and objectively insufficient; belief is subjective but not objective; knowledge is both


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B850/A822)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.686

A Reaction

He defines objectivity as being 'sufficient' for 'everyone'. Compare Aristotle's Idea 95. This implies a rather social criterion for knowledge, but doesn't deal with 'sufficient for a majority, but not everyone'. How high to set the bar?

Related Idea

Idea 95 If everyone believes it, it is true [Aristotle]