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ERIC Number: ED352291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 27
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The Basic Epistemological Questions--Are There Also Valid Answers?
Oderman, Dale B.
Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that seeks answers to two main questions: How do we know? and How do we know we know? This paper is concerned with how four major schools of thought have addressed these questions and the implications that their answers to these questions have for education. The paper begins by discussing how four major schools of thought -- rationalism, empiricism, pragmatism, and Judeo-Christian religion -- have sought to answer questions about the foundations of knowledge. The answers each of these schools offer to epistemological questions are limited. As an alternative, the study of knowledge must begin with two basic "givens" -- the universe in its orderly form and the uniqueness of man. A system that can explain these two givens will be inclusive enough to provide explanations for more particular questions. The Bible presents such an explanation. The Bible presents an explanation of the creation of the world in Genesis, an explanation that accounts for the world in all its complexity. The Bible also explains the uniqueness of man as being created by God in His image. Man can know absolute truth because God communicated with man whom He made. This truth has limitations, and yet it is sufficient to enable men to function in the physical world of God's creation. The implications of this theory for education fall into three broad areas: (a) a proper view of responsibility for education; (b) a proper view of truth; and (c) a proper view of man, individually and socially. A 23-item list of references is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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