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Infallibility is the ability to be free from error (obtain certainty). The two classical examples are, "when you feel pain, you can't be wrong" and "when you say one plus one equals two, you're infallible."

Table of contents
1 Other Definitions
2 Psychological Aspects
3 Philosophical Aspects
4 See also

Other Definitions

The rest of this entry deals with the human experience of infallibility.

Psychological Aspects

Infallibility is inseparable from human nature as a result of the aspect of the human condition called self-awareness. It is one of the features that set us apart from animals, and as such, Civilization can not exist without it. In some cases, this may mean that a fact is to be accepted as true by all people; in others it may mean that an arbitrary decision must be made, and then not disputed. Examples include:

Philosophical Aspects

Philosophy is sometimes concerned with denying the ability to know anything at all, let alone obtaining certainty, see existentialism and skepticism. A cursory inquiry will produce a great deal of information arguing against infallibility. The fields most likely to support infallibility are metaphysics, epistemology, reason and logic. For a spiritual slant, see apologetics.

See also