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ERIC Number: ED401279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 34
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An Examination and Redescription of Epistemology.
Thayer-Bacon, Barbara J.
This paper examines past theories and conceptions of epistemology and the work of some key theorists currently working in the field, in the hope of motivating the development of an expanded conception and redescription of epistemology. The paper uses as a metaphor for the study six blind men who describe an elephant as like a rope, a tree, a fan, a snake, a wall, and a spear on the basis of the part of the animal that each man touched. Just as the men had different perspectives on the elephant, different perspectives may lead to an interactive, more comprehensive definition of knowledge. Conventional epistemology, a branch of philosophy that considers theories of knowledge, regards truth as a necessary condition for knowledge and knowers as autonomous, and favors methods for understanding that emphasize reason and the mind. The proposed relational epistemology includes the qualities of knowing that have historically been viewed as detrimental or distracting to obtaining knowledge, qualities such as feelings, emotions, and intuitions. The proposed epistemology views knowledge as something that is socially constructed by embedded, embodied people who are in relation with each other. (MAH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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