Knowledge Is Power Essay

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Knowledge Is Power


Knowledge can be defined as the fact or state of knowing. There are many different aspects
of knowledge. Knowledge comes from many different places. There are great numbers of
philosophers who have tried to describe where knowledge comes from. Also knowledge can be
divided into different parts according to the way we receive knowledge. There are many
things that related to the knowledge of something. The development of questions in
philosophy about knowledge began back in the day of Plato. They are still around today.
These questions are the hardest to answer. Also these questions are used to give
background on a lot of philosophies. Epistemology is the theory of knowledge. This theory
asks three questions: what are the sources of knowledge? What is the nature of knowledge?
And is our knowledge valid?


Knowledge is believed to come from four different sources. The sources each have their own
way to look at the world. The appeal to authority is the first source of knowledge. We
learn things about the past from the testimony of others. The experience of the person who
gives you the testimony is the actual source. Although authority is used a lot as a source
of knowledge, this is only a secondary source. Another source is the senses through
empiricism. The realm of knowledge is given to us through all of our perceptions of
something concrete. Whatever someone sees, hears, touches, smells, and tastes then is made
into an idea that becomes a part of the knowledge that person can receive. The philosophy
of pragmatism is similar to empiricism. The next source is rationalism. Rationalists say
that thinking is a source of knowledge. They also say that the mind has the ability to
discover truth by itself, or knowledge is obtained by comparing ideas with ideas. The
things that the senses detect are just raw material of knowledge in rationalism. The last
source is intuition, or the direct apprehension of knowledge that is not the result of
conscious reasoning or of immediate sense perception. Intuition has four different ways
that it is connected with being a source of knowledge. First George Santayana believed
intuition was the awareness of the immediate data of consciousness. He said that intuition
is in the knowledge of oneself and one’s own life. The second is that intuition is
actually just a combination of one’s past experiences and thinking. It comes from
subconscious induction or deduction. People who have done a lot of thinking and have done
a certain type of work will have a good intuition in that area. The belief that intuition
is a higher kind of knowledge is the third way it could be a source. Bergson said that
intelligence and intuition are traveling in opposite directions. Intelligence is a tool
used by science to deal with matter, while intuition is the instinct of someone that leads
that person to the very inwardness of life. The last way intuition could be a source of
knowledge is through mystical expressions. It is believed that mystical expressions can
enable someone to gain an immediate knowledge that transcends knowledge gained through
reason and the senses. This fourth description of intuition says that it could be a
manifestation of the self in union with spiritual reality. These sources of knowledge
range from the very perception of objects to the supernatural induction of knowledge

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