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But he goes on to claim that this doesn’t matter, since what we really care about is surviving, and survival consists in mental continuity. 3-SECOND THRASH If you step into a teleporter and two of you come out, which one is you? 3-MINUTE THOUGHT It may strike you that examples having to do with body-swapping princes and paupers, and multiple Captain Kirks are too fanciful to worry about. Philosophers are interested in these imaginary stories because they can help us understand our concept of a person.

He didn’t know he had ten coins in his pocket, and didn’t even believe he would get the job. He had a justified true belief, but that was luck, not knowledge. ” 3-SECOND THRASH Why you can justifiably believe the right thing but not truly know it. 3-MINUTE THOUGHT Later philosophers responded to Gettier by arguing that the things one has beliefs about and the belief itself must be connected in the right way in order for the belief to count as knowledge. But it’s been hard to specify what this right way is.

As Descartes put it, “Cogito ergo sum” (“I am thinking, therefore, I exist”). 3-SECOND THRASH You can doubt that there are other minds, that humans have bodies, even that philosophers are smart—but you can never doubt there is an “I” doing the doubting. 3-MINUTE THOUGHT The trouble with Descartes’ method of doubt is that the one indubitable truth, “I exist,” is not sufficient to retrieve knowledge of the world and mathematics. Descartes relied on God for this trick: he first proves that God exists and is not a deceiver.

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