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Theory of Knowledge Essay “The quality of knowledge is best measured by how many people accept it.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge. Word count: 1599
“The quality of knowledge is best measured by how many people accept it.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge. How can knowledge have or not quality? Reason and intuition have an essential role 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 reason we have to investigate and question ourselves if the data has contradictions or does not makes sense with what we have already learned. Evidence is a key tool in determining if the knowledge has quality. By reasoning and intuition, we must define whether the evidence presented comes from a source we can rely on. How many evidences are presented or if evidence is presented at all. Knowledge must be practical too, have a function in our lives or someone else. After we analyse a certain knowledge and decided if it has or not quality then we can accept it or reject it; if we consider it as true, we accept it and if we consider it as false, we then reject it. If people follow a process (conscious or unconsciously) to accept or reject knowledge and decide whether it’s true or not, then the quality of knowledge can be best measured by how many people accept it. The problem with this statement is 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 two areas of knowledge such as Religion and Natural Sciences. When many people accept a certain claim or knowledge then it gives more weight or validity to the argument. For example, in religion the catholic bible in Romans
1:26-27, states that homosexuality is non-natural 1 , because of faith many people believe this statement as true, hence they are accepting this claim. The more people accepting this knowledge gives the argument more weight whether it is true or not, opening a door for further investigation. It’s not the same just one person taking this argument as true than many people accepting it as true, it gives the argument more credibility. The perspectives of one area of knowledge are not enough to nurture one specific claim. In this example the claim can’t be proven wrong or right just using Religion as area of knowledge, we must search for different perspectives in other areas of knowledge such as natural sciences.

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