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History’s Most Common Epistemology

Posted by on | May 9, 2017 | Comments Off

The other day I was explaining to a young person what the word “epistemology” means.  To keep things simple, I said it is how you know what you know, or in terms of political discussion, how you know you are right.  They asked for an example.  I said that the use of logic and reason beginning from a set of givens or first principles is one approach to epsitemology.  They said they assumed everyone used that approach.  I told them that I thought not — that, by my observation, the most common epistemology through history has been: “I was told it by a high status person in my family or tribe.”  Based on sampling of social media, I still think this is still the case today.

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