Epistemology: Reflecting on Knowledge

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Truth and beliefs contribute in building the knowledge of a person. Cogent reasons for the beliefs convert the beliefs into knowledge. However, sometimes the beliefs are actually assumption, so they may be wrong. Truth is the facts known from different sources. Something can be considered as knowledge, only if it is true. The word epistemology refers to studying the source of knowledge. The epistemology helps in understanding the process of development of knowledge, sources of knowledge and makes distinctions between belief and actual truth. I critically examined and analyzed the origin and the process of acquiring the knowledge for the two essays I wrote earlier. One essay, an analytical one, was written on the subject of increasing prison population and improper justice system. The second essay was written on the subject of human resource management. To develop the knowledge and understanding I demonstrated in the essays, I had to search for resources, rationalize the information gained and evaluate it in conjunction with my personal beliefs. Just as a giant tree grows from a small seed, often vast amount of knowledge is acquired by working on a small idea or fact. I had read an article on increasing prison population sometime back. The article explained about the graph of the prison population in United States in the last decade. It also had discussed the factors responsible for the prominent increase in US prison population. The analytical assignment asked for writing an essay on any contemporary social or cultural issue which is relevant within today’s context and at that time, the idea of writing on increasing prison population smashed in my mind. As I had little knowledge about the issue, I searched on the topic in the... ... middle of paper ... ...ssionals are involved in legislative compliance, strategic decisions about organizational change and industrial matters. Because I had not known these responsibilities earlier, I considered my beliefs as truth. Knowledge acquisition process cleared many such false beliefs. Epistemology helped me investigate the procedure I went through for crafting the essays. I referred to books, online articles, journal and other publications to understand and justify the concepts and information. It helped me distinguish between what is false, what is true across diverse contexts, and to decide the boundaries of knowledge based on how that knowledge is acquired. I also evaluated the truthfulness of my beliefs and personal opinion. I am actuated by understanding the sources of knowledge and also the quality of the resulting knowledge – knowing its dimensions and limitations.
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