Olivia Harper Unit 2 Post 3

Prompt 3

Where do knowledge and truth intersect?  Do we make truths based on perceived knowledge or do our truths shape what we choose to know about the world?  These are the questions that I could not shake out of my mind after reading William James’s “Pragmatism.” James claims that we decide what knowledge is convenient and what knowledge is useless based on our own convictions.  We make discoveries and observations and decide what the most convenient truth is. This claim ties into Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigms. Both authors agree that humans select the truths that are most convenient to them, but they differ in their beliefs on knowledge.  James argues that our truths are unoriginal; they are only the accumulation of past knowledge. Kuhn argues that we create a paradigm or truth and build our knowledge around it, disproving the accumulated knowledge of the past. How do these different assertions look when applied to our world?

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