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Maps for a FiestaA Latina/o Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis$
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Otto Maduro and Eduardo Mendieta

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263042

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263042.001.0001

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Does Experience Shape Our Knowledge?

Does Experience Shape Our Knowledge?

(p.13) 1. Does Experience Shape Our Knowledge?
Maps for a Fiesta

Otto Maduro

, Eduardo Mendieta
Fordham University Press

This chapter explores whether experience shapes human knowledge. It argues that our life and our personal and collective experience strongly influences our awareness—what we know and how we know it, and that our experience also affects what we do not know and the way we arrange ourselves in order to remain ignorant of certain things and to deny, or justify, our lack of awareness. It also suggests that it is life, individual and collective experience alike, that molds our way of seeing reality. The chapter reflects on the impact of experience on consciousness by focusing on human life's formative experiences, joys and difficulties, social norms, the experience of loving approval or censure from people emotionally important to us, the feeling of uncertainty, power, frustrations, and contradictions and inconsistencies.

Keywords:   experience, knowledge, awareness, reality, consciousness, human life, social norms, uncertainty, power, frustrations

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