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Knowledge as Intervention: Difficulties and Solutions

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229130.003.0004
Knowledge as Intervention:               Difficulties and Solutions

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The second idea that is basic to Plato involves the relation between two properties or dimensions of knowledge. First, there is knowledge as true description, or an equivalent to true description, of what it is knowledge of. Second, there is knowledge as something that intervenes in what it describes, something that has reality in its own right and therefore has effects on, changes, what it is knowledge of. However, the difficulty is that if knowledge changes what it is knowledge of by describing it, then the description is no longer true. The relation between different senses or characteristics of knowledge is immediately evident in purely human contexts and interactions. The fact of true description itself, then, changes the truth and makes the statement descriptively false. This chapter also discusses the link between knowledge and essence and knowledge as intervention and description.

Keywords: Plato; knowledge; description; reality; senses; human contexts; interactions; essence; intervention

Chapter.  7111 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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