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[Epistemology Midterm]

To understand, is a privilege. To be able to communicate, is a privilege. To process thoughts, to express feelings, to be able to feel, to have knowledge. Not all of us are able to fully comprehend what goes around us, but what constitutes sufficientproper justification for claiming to know something? The imperialist Aristotle and I have the same kind of idea in mind. Meaning that when I think of where knowledge came from, my head sways towards the idea of how it’s acquired through experience. “The importance of reason. Reason is the characteristic that distinguishes human beings.” -Introducing Epistemology Booklet

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” -Aristotle

“The roots of of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” -Aristotle

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[15 second description] : Knowledge is gained through experience. We are to suffer through consequences and feelings in order to truly understand & adapt. [+15 seconds = 30 seconds] : We don’t always need someone telling us what’s right and wrong – we can acquire through our senses. Knowledge doesn’t necessarily mean we need to be told, but we must feel  in order to acquire.

(I) What is knowledge? What is something you know about knowledge? <proposition>

  • if you google ‘what’s knowledge’ you get: facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. What I know about knowledge, is that it’s information that gets stored into our mind no matter what our intention may be. Meaning whether you want to or not, whether you realize it or not, you will constantly be growing and learning.

(II) Where does it come from? How is it acquired? How do you know it? <syllogism>

  • No matter how hard we try, we will always be facing obstacles and hardships in our lives. It’s inevitable. Change, difficulties, consequences. They all come with the gift of life. If you’re here, living, just tryna get through life, you’re gonna face problems. Conflict helps with self growth and improvement. Desire & curiosity drives us towards information. Humans are hungry for information, we’re curious creatures. It’s a biological component.

(III) Can a personal example help relate this knowledge? <anecdote>

  • Everyone has their own life story. We’ve all had a time where we felt like we’ve been at the absolute lowest part of our life. Feeling as if nothing could possibly get better and we start to give up. But also, the same person who felt that way is here reading this. You got through whatever it was that was hurting you, you’re stronger now. To cope with pain, to overcome our problems, that’s what makes us grow stronger. Being someone who’s dealt with pretty heavy issues within family and school, I feel as though I’ve grown a lot faster than I wanted to.

P1: Sense of self is required in order to understand and comprehend.

P2: Experience is the door towards the world of knowledge.

Conclusion: Therefore, you will gain a sense of self through the exposure of experiences.

We’ll never be able to escape our thoughts. Our mind grows at a different pace than our age. Becoming older doesn’t necessarily mean that we develop along with that. Yeah our bodies adjust, we go through puberty, and multiple different changes. But some are more wise than others. I’m sure you’ve seen people your age being completely childish and it’s not an act. On the other hand, we have friends that seem to always know the right thing to say, that seem to have gone through everything, that are so wise. I have a friend like that, she gives me the best advice because she’s been through what I’m going through. She’s gone through my emotions and have stood in my shoes. As much as advice and support from friends are helpful, who would be more insightful? -someone who’s just imagining being in your place or someone who’s personally gone through it themselves? That’s what I mean when I say that knowledge is acquired through experience. To just imagine that they feel the same as you do, and someone who’s been in your exact position. They’ll have different things to say.

We all start in the same position. You don’t remember much of what happened in your childhood. If you’re wondering why, it’s not because we don’t retain information information when being young. As a toddler/kid, our brains were underdeveloped that we couldn’t “frame the memories with linguistic terms.” You didn’t have a sense of self, recognition of the self provided support towards making memories. As we grow, we become more self aware and we understand the world around us. Experience and feeling the feelings help us gain a further understanding about our environment and ourselves.

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You can’t escape knowledge. You’re going to learn no matter what happens. I’m sure senses are a part of learning and developing, but I believe experience is key.

Thought is the more active process of engaging in the manipulation of forms without any contact with external objects at all. Thus, thinking is potentially independent of the objects of thought, from which it abstracts the form alone. Even the imagination, according to Aristotle, involves the operation of the common sense without stimulation by the sensory organs of the body. Hence, although all knowledge must begin with information acquired through the senses, its results are achieved by rational means. Transcending the sensory preoccupation with particulars, the soul employs the formal methods of logic to cognize the relationships among abstract forms. (On the Soul III 4)

source ^ : http://www.philosophypages.com/hy/2p.htm


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