The Ethics of (Not) Knowing: Take Care of Ethics and Knowledge Will Come of Its Own Accord

Eduardo Mendieta

in Decolonizing Epistemologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823241354
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241392 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia (FUP)

The Ethics of (Not) Knowing: Take Care of Ethics and Knowledge Will Come of Its Own Accord

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Eduardo Mendieta's essay argues that knowledge is not found, nor is it the product of a passive receptivity on the part of some isolated knower; rather, it is always produced, but this production entails the production of ignorance. Knowing is also “not knowing” other things, and there is culpable ignorance for which we are accountable, as it reflects some deliberate act of turning away, neglecting, discounting, undermining, and denying. Mendieta looks to Socrates as an embodiment of an ethical stance toward knowledge, in which “truthfulness,” or the approaching knowledge with hermeneutical humility in order to be able to arrive at truth, takes priority over “truth” itself. Mendieta warns Latina/o scholars who have called for a “decolonial” and “decolonizing epistemology” that this kind of project reinforces the primacy of epistemology over ethics. His essay points out that this book is but the starting point for further reflection and elaboration of a decolonizing/liberation episteme as the grounding of Latina/o theology and philosophy.

Keywords: Truthfulness; truth; agnotology; epistemology of ignorance; theodicy; Latina/o theology

Chapter.  7198 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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