Friday, January 26, 2007

Degree Of Certainty

In defining knowledge, there are two further matters to be taken into consideration, namely the degree of certainty and the degree of precision. All knowledge is more or less uncertain and more or less vague. These are, in a sense, opposing characters: vague knowledge has more likelihood of truth than precise knowledge, but is less useful. One of the aims of science is to increase precision without diminishing certainty.
Bertrand Russell (1926), Theory of Knowledge
(for The Encyclopaedia Britannica)

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