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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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Calmly Reflecting on Our Knowledge

Calmly Reflecting on Our Knowledge

(p.36) 2. Calmly Reflecting on Our Knowledge
Maps for a Fiesta

Otto Maduro

, Eduardo Mendieta
Fordham University Press

This chapter reflects on the spontaneous and “normal” way of seeing reality and how this spontaneous manner of knowing—referred to as spontaneous knowledge—can sometimes lead to results opposite from what we need and hope for. It begins by considering a tendency common to all human beings, which is to accept received knowledge without discussion and to simplify reality according to one's experience. It then looks at alternatives to this tendency that encourage a more reflective, critical, and creative awareness of reality. It argues that our perception of things cannot be independent of our place, path, and point of view; what we know, and how we know it, depends to a large degree on the context, the road we have traveled, and the perspective from which we try to understand reality. To enrich our knowledge of whatever reality we are examining, the chapter suggests that we need to reconstruct the history of that reality as well as the history of the very language—the terminology and words—with which we talk about it.

Keywords:   reality, experience, spontaneous knowledge, knowledge, history, language

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