Epistemology Is Like A Brick Wall -Arden
- If experience is the totality of the cognition given by perception; all that is perceived, understood, and remembered
- And if reason is the ability or power of acquiring intellectual knowledge; either direct or indirect, or through a logical argument
- Then knowledge is a series of experiences processed through the brain using reason.
So, basically what my proposition is saying is that experience is everything happening around you that you notice or observe, and reason is the logical argument that would take place when you experience something, if both of those things are true then knowledge would be the process in which the observation and logical argument occur.
This proposition is probably the directly in between Rationalism and Empiricism. Rationalism essentially believes that your senses can’t be trusted and that the only way to “know” something is to use reason. At the other end of the scale is Empiricism which believes that all experiences are knowledge and our knowledge is shaped around our experience. I believe my proposition is right in the middle of these two beliefs.
Emanuel Kant is probably the most well known philosophers to study this general belief. This is a very simplified version of his general belief. Kant believed that there were two stages of knowledge, the first one is the awareness of the sensations as perception in time and space. and the second one is the process of categorizing them into areas of thought. Kant arranged the ideas into his famous 12 categories consisting of; unity, plurality, totality, reality, negation, limitation, substance-and-accident, cause-and-effect, reciprocity, possibility, necessity, and contingency.
From this I was able to expand my proposition. This is my new and improved proposition inspired by Emanuel Kant:
- If experience is awareness of sensations, all that is perceived, observed, understood, and/or remembered,
- And reason is the ability of acquiring intellectual knowledge and categorizing it,
- Then knowledge is a series of experiences and sensations processed and categorized in the brain using reason.