The Historical Development Of Areas Of Knowledge

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Should key events in the historical development of areas of knowledge always be judged by the standards of their time? Judy Taylor Theory of Knowledge Word Count: 1599 ‘Should key events in the historical development of areas of knowledge always be judged by the standards of their time?’ This question can really only be answered on a case-by-case basis. For example, the first IPod Touch was a groundbreaking advancement in portable music and digital entertainment, however, if compared to Apple products of today, it is almost irrelevant. It is simply not fair to compare the first IPod Touch to today’s IPod Touch. Nevertheless, there are still historical developments that are very relevant to this day. If one looks at the areas of knowledge mathematics and the natural sciences, there are examples of historical developments that are and are not fit to be compared to current knowledge standards of their time. This raises a few questions. First, how reliable are historical knowledge standards in the valuing of new knowledge in mathematics? By discussing the function of the ways of knowing reason and imagination, this question can be answered. Second, how reliable are historical knowledge standards in the valuing of new knowledge in the natural sciences? In order to answer this question, the ways of knowing faith and sense perception will be discussed. To what extent does reason influence mathematics? The influence of reason in mathematics is shown best with
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