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COMM88 - 0402 - Ways of knowing: also known as epistemology...

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Ways of knowing: also known as “epistemology” (the science of knowing) 3/31/2009 Some “everyday ways of knowing” - method of tradition/tenacity (power, e.g. turkey at Thanksgiving) o even if the evidence is against it, it’s still influential - method of authority o can go to someone to help you instead of going through a lot to find out o sometimes wrong - method of intuition/logic (e.g., empathy friendship) o common sense (“that’s just how women/men are”) could be logical to you, but nonsense to another; could be close-minded o “Platonic idealism” (use very rigorous logical thinking; deep rational thought) A=B, B=C, so A=C What if A does NOT = B to begin with? Then you’re wrong. - Method experience/observation (rely on experience! Go out and look at stuff) o Personal experience (what we went through. Ex. You break up, that’s how relationships work) Particular to the individual, not the population; can be skewed
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