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An(other) Invitation to Epistemological Humility: Notes toward a Self-Critical Approach to Counter-Knowledges

Otto Maduro

in Decolonizing Epistemologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823241354
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823241354.003.0005

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia (FUP)

An(other) Invitation to Epistemological Humility: Notes toward a Self-Critical Approach to Counter-Knowledges

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Setting out from the distinct locus of hermeneutical humility, Otto Maduro's text shows that knowledge is always accumulated communal labor. It allows a collectivity to achieve goals, but it is also the site of communal struggle. Some may have been granted access to it, and some may have been denied access, even though they participated in its production and accumulation. Inasmuch as the stability and reach of knowledge is determined by its efficacy and dependability, its evocation is always a “political move.” Because there is no knowledge claim that is not involved in some sort of power struggle, the genre or style of both claiming and presenting knowledge claims may have more impact than what is being claimed as knowledge. Maduro argues that because all knowledge is always collectively produced, from within very specific conditions of privation or privilege, and since it is accumulation of societal energies, we ought to approach all knowledge claims with great hermeneutical humility.

Keywords: Hermeneutics; humility; epistemology; knowledge production; knowledge claims

Chapter.  6041 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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