To What Extent is the Purpose of an Area of Knowledge Fixed?

1252 WordsJun 18, 20186 Pages
This statement implies an assumption that areas of knowledge have one fixed purpose, however, I believe the purpose depends not on the area, but on the knower itself. Nevertheless, areas of knowledge do have some general tasks that differentiate them from each other, but these purposes may overlap. In order to investigate the actual purpose of the areas of knowledge History and Human Sciences I will attempt to answer the question ”To what extent is the purpose of an area of knowledge fixed?” To do so, first I will explain what their main purposes are as well as when these can change. Finally, I will discuss the data collection methodologies, focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of the way each of the knowers in these two areas of…show more content…
This book was written barely a year after the French revolution, and its content predicted an event: the reign of terror that would follow the French revolution. This prediction was made using reason, since it was based on past studies that the historian had made. Three years later, the reign of terror began, and around 30000 people lost their lives . This is an example of how a historian used his understanding in the past to predict the future. His famous quote “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it” summarizes his beliefs: history has to be studied and understood in order to not repeat past mistakes. Having identified the range of purposes that each of the two areas of knowledge can have, the next step is to investigate what it is about each area of knowledge that causes certain behavior to emerge, which could affect the purpose. Here, the data collection methodology is a key characteristic. Human sciences refer to the study of human behavior. As mentioned previously, humans think differently, hence a reasonable deduction would be that the data collection system for this area of knowledge would have some limitations. Human sciences rely on trends or patterns to coincide with theories, such as: If the price of a product increases, the demand will generally fall. The problem with stating patterns or trends is that there are cases where this doesn’t hold true. In the example with prices and demand, “elasticity” is a term that indicates consumer
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