Perspectives on the Definition of Knowledge

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“That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow.” Consider knowledge issues raised by this statement in two areas of knowledge. Just like a child whose perception of the world defines where he fits in changes as he gets older as a result of the numerous adversities and criticisms imposed on him, so do the norms of what is accepted as knowledge today, as new ideas and discoveries are made. To what extent is knowledge provisional? Or to what extent is knowledge subject to change/ modification? Looking at history and natural sciences, we will understand how knowledge is arrived at in the different areas of knowledge and how it evolves over time or discarded when subjected to scrutiny and cultural beliefs. To set the foundation from which one may explore the extent to which knowledge is provisional in areas of knowledge such as history and the natural sciences, we must first know the meaning and types of knowledge. One may simply ask in a deeper sense “what is knowledge?” There have long been several controversies in regard to the definitions of knowledge however, although there may not be a completely correct definition, there are some conditions that a definition must meet in order to be accepted. The conditions are as follows: there must be a firm belief towards something in order to be considered as part of knowledge; the belief must in fact be true in the sense that it exists and has applications in our daily lives; the belief must also have a valid justification. If all the three conditions above are met, one can claim to have arrived to the point whereby something can be accepted as knowledge. Therefore in this case, the definition of knowledge that is used is Plato’s definition of knowledge that... ... middle of paper ... ...tions and advancement in technology; what we may know at present may not necessarily be the truth and may not be accepted by the society as a whole due to the various differences in interpretation and beliefs as well as the period of time in which we live in. Furthermore, knowledge according to its definition is justified true belief and therefore it can neither be completely right nor wrong but is subject to change over time as theories are understood to greater depths. There is always a possibility of disagreement about a particular knowledge as a result of the different angles from which knowledge is viewed therefore allowing room for discrepancies amongst cultures and individuals. Bibliography • Information Philosopher - Knowledge. (n.d.). Information Philosopher - Knowledge. Retrieved November 23, 2013, from
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