An Exploration Of Knowledge And Its Impact On Our Decision Making Of Course

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From time immemorial, a figurative stockpile of all the world’s information has been expounded upon to the point where today, information is readily-available, easily-attainable multifaceted and plentiful. However, it s our responsibility to discern what information and by extension knowledge we not only retain, but develop. What assists us in this independent endeavour is our personal perception and understanding of the views we encounter, as well as the society’s we dwell in - that is if we allow the latter to affect our decision-making of course. The quotation above goes on to provide one of many motivating factors in a knowers’ pursuit of knowledge - his or her perspective. As the perspective is that which is directly related to the…show more content…
This would include statements such as, “3+3 = 6”, “All triangles have three sides”, etc. A posteriori knowledge on the other hands is “knowledge that we can have only after we have certain experiences”. Statements that reflect this would include, “Smoking causes cancer”, “It is raining outside”, etc. The quotation on hand again reads, “The knower’s perspective is essential in the pursuit of knowledge.” This incorporates confusion in linguistics as it suggests the “knower” is in “pursuit” of knowledge, when as a knower the knowledge should have already been attained. The use of the word “knower” in this context hereafter will therefore be connotative of a ‘learner’ to provide the essay with more clarity. Despite this, to say “pursuit” implies a kinetic endeavor with hope of arriving at a final conclusion or stance regarding an idea. All knowledge that involved pursuit requires perspective and experience, as they depend on the development of substantial and educated opinions, thus supporting the importance of perspective. It is for this reason that a priori and a posteriori were defined. The former is irrefutable information that requires no active pursuit as the knowledge is concrete, unwavering, and some would say, “common sense”; in contrast, the latter requires active pursuit as it relies on experiences. The term is often interchanged with the philosophical term ‘empirical knowledge’ which is “acquired
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