The Crisis of Knowing How We Know: Postscript

There's knowledge, and there's faith. A final salvo in my rumination about epistemology, or the study of knowledge, and knowing how we know. Those things that require faith cannot, by definition, be proven to be true in the sense that epistemology demands if a thing is to be counted as "knowledge."  Faith, by definition, is …

Justified True Belief: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 5

From the days of Plato, here's what philosophers have said knowledge is: "Justified True Belief" Interesting that such a jumble of ideas connect to create a fairly solid place to stand.  (Since the 60's, Plato's formulation has apparently come under fire, but let's just stick with that one idea for a moment.)  Simply stated, knowledge …

Choosing Knowledge: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 4

Life is hard. There are winners and losers in real time. When competing for jobs, someone doesn't get hired. When applying for colleges and grad schools, someone doesn't get in. When vying for federal funding, someone loses out. When applying for mortgage loans, somebody doesn't qualify. When plays get submitted to theatres, some are produced, …

God Spoke to Me: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 3

This morning, I'm not writing about what I said I was going to write about. Instead, I offer you, hot off the presses of my experience, a case study...an experience in knowing. Years ago, I was tasked with writing a personal credo, and it began with the words, "We are not alone."  And yet, loneliness …

The Crisis of Knowing How We Know: Introduction

The Atlantic Monthly’s July/August edition is labeled “The Ideas Issue.”   When I took the Marcus Buckingham “Strengths Finder” test, ideas and “ideation” (the process of thinking) were at the top of the list of my results.  I love ideas, love to think about them, and celebrate when a supposed new one crosses my path.  When …

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