The Mouse Who Ate The Cheese

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The Mouse who ate the Cheese: and those who Believed, those who Knew, those who doubted 1. Why was Bill so sure that he knew the mouse ate the cheese? Were his reasons good ones? a. Bill was sure that he knew that the mouse ate the cheese because he physically saw the mouse come from under the cupboard towards the piece of cheese. He also saw the mouse physically eat the cheese. Bill has used his senses in seeing the mouse eat the cheese and this is probably the most attend able way to gain knowledge.

2. Two other people claimed to know that the mouse ate the cheese "" Virginia and Adrian. What were their reasons? Were these reasons adequate? a. Virginia knew the mouse ate the cheese because Bill told her that it was a fact. Adrian also knew that the mouse ate the cheese because he was a friend of Bill and believed all that he said.

There reasons are certainly less valuable than having seen the mouse eat the cheese but the reasons are still plausible. Virginia believes Bill and so does Adrian. Adrian trust Bill being a friend of his and it is thanks to this that he believes the mouse ate the cheese.

3. Alive only claims to believe that the mouse ate the cheese. Why did she not claim to know it a. Alice believed that a mouse ate the cheese because she deducted that since she saw the piece of cheese and then it disappeared then the only plausible solution for her is a mouse ate it. She is not sure and therefore cannot know that a mouse really ate.

4. Did Bill, Virginia, and Adrian believe that the mouse ate the cheese? Can we know anything without believing it?...



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