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