Knowledge is a combination of beliefs, truths, and justifications. On the surface, that is simplistic definition of epistemology. The genius and the genesis of thousands of years of philosophical discussions, however, are in that simplicity. The acquisition of knowledge begins early in life and continues throughout it.
There are discussions based on whether or not we have knowledge before our birth, at our birth, or only after our birth. There are discussions based on whether or not the brain and mind must develop before there can be knowledge creation or whether sensory knowledge based on touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing can also create knowledge. There are discussions based on how one knows that one knows what one knows.
Personal applications of new knowledge are as challenging as they are meaningful. Learning to think a new way or to listen a new way is difficult, especially to one who has been out of the academic world for almost a decade.
Reference: Moser, P. K. & Vander Nat, A. (2002). Human knowledge: Classical and contemporary approaches. (3rd Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press
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