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Theory of KnowledgeEssay“The quality of knowledge is best measured byhow many people accept it.” Discuss this claimwith reference to two areas of knowledge.Word count: 1599
“The quality of knowledge is best measured by how many peopleaccept it.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.How can knowledge have or not quality? Reason and intuition have an essentialrole in the process of differentiating whether a certain knowledge has or not quality.The knowledge must be coherent with the things we already know, using reasonwe have to investigate and question ourselves if the data has contradictions ordoes not makes sense with what we have already learned. Evidence is a key toolin determining if the knowledge has quality. By reasoning and intuition, we mustdefine whether the evidence presented comes from a source we can rely on. Howmany evidences are presented or if evidence is presented at all. Knowledge mustbe practical too, have a function in our lives or someone else. After we analyse acertain knowledge and decided if it has or not quality then we can accept it or rejectit; if we consider it as true, we accept it and if we consider it as false, we then rejectit. If people follow a process (conscious or unconsciously) to accept or rejectknowledge and decide whether it’s true or not, then the quality of knowledge canbe best measured by how many people accept it. The problem with this statementis that the process of acceptance of knowledge differs from one person to another,therefore it’s not always objectively done, but we can assess this claim using twoareas of knowledge such as Religion and Natural Sciences. When many people accept a certain claim or knowledge then it gives more weightor validity to the argument. For example, in religion the catholic bible in Romans
1:26-27, states that homosexuality is non-natural1, because of faith many peoplebelieve this statement as true, hence they are accepting this claim. The morepeople accepting this knowledge gives the argument more weight whether it is trueor not, opening a door for further investigation. It’s not the same just one persontaking this argument as true than many people accepting it as true, it gives theargument more credibility. The perspectives of one area of knowledge are notenough to nurture one specific claim. In this example the claim can’t be provenwrong or right just using Religion as area of knowledge, we must search fordifferent perspectives in other areas of knowledge such as natural sciences.