Lecture 2: What is Knowledge?

Knowledge-is-PowerEpistomology– Theory of knowledge, specially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion” (Oxford ED )

  • Questions everything about knowledge (W5H)
  • Looks at social biases that influence our view of Epist.
  • Consequences of knowing and of ignorance

Universities Role: Create, Store, Transmit, Examin & Critique knowledge

  • Requires peer-review, re-evaluation & the construction & deconstruction of knowledge
  • Requires Sharing (knowledge & experience)

Critical Thinking: helps become aware of potential limits of knowledge & universalzed truth claims (points out limiting biases)

Imagination: knowing why others may see things differently than us

Knowledge- information processed through a thinking human mind // Obtained through:

1) Somatically-sensory experience

2) Symbolically-Mediated through someone or something (ppl. & edia)

What we know is contextual although we believe some things are common sense, it may be necessary to unlearn to begin critical engagement w/ knowledge 


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