Epistemology for Dummies

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Epistemology is the study of knowledge.  Epistemology is to knowledge as physics is to the study of matter and forces.  Epistemology used to be a marvel and an important branch of philosophy as something akin to partaking in God's mind.  Now since the inception of science, epistemology usually restricts itself to questions about how to be sure of obtaining the special kind of knowledge called truth.

Our culture's current epistemology is criticized in this site as a poor, almost nonexistent theory of knowledge that imagines knowledge like invisible photos that our brains make because of a too heavy reliance on truth, a useful but imaginary perfection.

A fair and concise treatment of modern epistemology can be found at other places on the web.  A good introduction to epistemology can also be found at the Routledge Encyclopedia website or at the epistemology main page of Epistemelinks.com.

This web site at Epistemology Express supports a different type of epistemology that imagines knowledge as the unions we make with other things and others.  Each of us has a 'body' of knowledge which is all the alliances we make with others and with other things.  This is no different than our usual view of knowing by improving accuracy with things we know, but it adds a respect to recognize our own involved relationships as part of our knowledge.

A theory of knowledge is important because it is probably the most important element in how societies get along and function.  The current theory of knowledge as camera-like pictures affects our society by pushing it towards intolerance, rigid forms and action by compliance.  A theory of knowledge as individual collection of alliances (imagine your own particular and evolving perspective in the world as this "collection of alliances") that cluster into big, overlapping social alliances is likely to nudge society towards a more developed sense of being at home with ourselves, more clarity in cooperative social alliances and more interactional pleasures

This web site is dedicated to a new understanding of knowledge; exploring for it, finding it and fostering its use and implications.

"Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, a more humane society will not emerge."  Vaclav Havel, former President of Czechoslovakia.

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