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The Questions

The Questions

Have you ever wonder if everything that happens to you now and in the past are just a dream? Is it good for you? that all of your mistake is nothing but a phenomena that happened inside your brain, or it makes you scare and left anxious to think that you are sleeping all time and don't know what's with the waking world? Lets take a look with one of the notable anecdote in philosophy, Zhuangzi and the Butterfly.

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Zhuangzi And The Butterfly

Zhuangzi And The Butterfly

It started when Zhuangzi a great Daoist thinker fell asleep and dreamed that he was a butterfly. When he woke up, he did not know whether he really was a man who had dreamed he was a butterfly or whether he was a butterfly now dreaming he was a man.

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Global Skepticism

Global Skepticism

There is nothing wrong with doubting the reality and think the possibility of this hypothetical scenario to happen. In skepticism lens this is called "Global Skepticism".

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Dreaming

Dreaming

They are doing doubt to everything, Global Skeptics claims that we cannot know whether our most fundamental belief are true or not. This idea rejects the possibility of knowledge in general. The introduction question is a kind of global doubt that leads to the one of the most famous argument of global skepticism called "The Dreaming Argument".

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The Hypothetical Syllogism of Dreaming Argument

Premise 1: We cannot always tell when we are dreaming.

Premise 2: If we cannot tell, we cannot be certain that we are not dreaming right now.

Premise 3: If we cannot be certain that we are not dreaming right now, then we cannot know anything about the external world.

Conclusion: We cannot know anything about the external world.

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This is a kind Global Skepticism because it presents the impossibility to have knowledge (We cannot know anything about the external world). The challenges in this argument can be found in all of its premises and to make the whole argument collapse, one must take the challenge to rule out those claims.

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Just doin Philosophy

CURATOR'S NOTE

Philosophy of Zhuangzi a famous daoist and the global skepticism argument

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