Relationship Between Shared And Personal Knowledge

1085 Words5 Pages
Would it be possible to group areas of knowledge in order to create shared knowledge which replaces personal knowledge? While looking into the arts and human sciences as areas of knowledge, one will see that the relationship between shared and personal knowledge is actually bidirectional, since they both shape one another. In Theory of Knowledge (ToK), knowledge is classified into two groupings: personal and shared. Personal knowledge can be referred to as individual experiences albeit shared knowledge is highly structured, relying on the systemic knowledge of several individuals. As a real life example, I will be discussing the interpretation of art as well as the Jung archetypes and collective subconscious. From these examples, we can question how personal knowledge does not triumph shared knowledge or vice-versa, but instead we can view how both personal and shared knowledge work together to shape one another. Art shapes the way in which both shared and personal knowledge is provided through the use of interpretation. Thus, proving how interconnected these two spheres are more similar. While looking at the arts, there is often an interpretation in order to show a bidirectional relationship between shared knowledge and personal knowledge. An artist’ work is a product of many ways of knowing such as imagination and sense perception. Sometimes, art is tactile, such as the interpretation of American Sign Language (ASL). Though these people do not have the ability to hear, through sound waves, they can feel sound vibrations. In a way, this shared knowledge shaped personal knowledge due to the fact that it provides those who cannot hear with personal knowledge. This example can be related to a Vox YouTube video that I watched called “How sign language interpreters are bringing music to the deaf.” Vox interviews Amber Galloway Gallego, an ASL interpreter that specializes in interpreting music and has done interpretations for over 400 artists like Adele and Kendrick Lamar. She translates from a hearing centric world, into a visual one such as when there is a lower sound such as a base, she does her signing lower and when there is a higher sound, her signing goes up, using her facials to interpret the sounds.
Get Access