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Where does knowledge come from?

Where does knowledge come from. Does knowledge emerge from data? Or is rationalist thought the origin of knowledge? Might knowledge be a gift from god? Or is true knowledge even possible?

Knowledge can only be gained through empirical data

The scientific method and other methods of empirical study are how we can learn about the world around us

Knowledge can be gained through the scientific method

Constructing hypotheses, conducting experiments, and collecting and evaluating data are the best and most accurate methods to gaining knowledge.

Rationalists approaches to knowledge open the public up to the cult of common superstition

Reason and logic through rationalism are subject to change and many interpretations, more likely leading to superstition than empirical methods to knowledge

Knowledge can only be gained through rationalist proof

Sense data is fundamentally flawed. However through the application of the "principle of sufficient reason" and geometric thinking we are still able to learn fundamental truths about the world.

Knowledge can be gained through geometric proof

Baruch Spinoza believed that there was two types of knowledge. One form came from imagination, or mental images, while the other came from strict geometric proofs.

Sense data is a flawed way of looking at the world

You can never truly trust your senses. You could be mistaken about anything you see, hear, or touch. As such, anything we know through an observational, empirical study is flawed.

Knowledge is impossible

Both the empirical and rationalist methods of gaining knowledge are flawed. To truly know anything is impossible.

Knowledge is the product of material conditions

We know what we know about the world because of where we live and the complex socioeconomic systems that act upon us at any given time. To reduce knowledge to the individual is reductive.

Both sense data and geometric proofs are flawed ways of gaining knowlege

The arguments against both rationalist and empiricist approaches to knowledge are legitimate.

Knowledge can be gained through a connection to god

During certain religious experiences people enter a state called gnosis that many believe grants one assess to true knowledge

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This page was last edited on Friday, 18 Sep 2020 at 01:00 UTC