Theory of Knowledge and Reason

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The human sciences deals with multiple fields, but those fields all generally include the factor of the human population or the human individual, hence the name "human" sciences. It is said that a historian's task is to understand the past, while the human scientist's task is to change the future. Yet there are counterclaims to these descriptions of a historian's and a human scientist's task. These descriptions may not be completely true in the areas of knowledge. In the areas of knowledge of history and the human sciences, individuals come to know the task of a historian and human scientist through language and reason. Historians come to know the past through surviving records and texts. This is the language aspect of history. It is through the language of those texts, that individuals come to know what the past was like. A famous example is the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Historians came to know what the hieroglyphs were saying mainly through the Rosetta Stone, an object that contained Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic script, and Ancient Greek in the form of three texts with the same content. Had the Rosetta Stone not been found, historians may still be struggling to understand hieroglyphs today. This way of knowing though has flaws. Due to history being learned through records, texts, or essentially sources of…

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