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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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Rethinking Our Understanding of Knowledge

Rethinking Our Understanding of Knowledge

(p.102) 5. Rethinking Our Understanding of Knowledge
Maps for a Fiesta

Otto Maduro

, Eduardo Mendieta
Fordham University Press

This chapter considers the role of human knowledge in the transformation of unjust social conditions, focusing on some of the most serious and urgent aspects of the problem of knowledge in the Americas today. It begins with a discussion of thorny issues relating to science, truth, progress, and scientific methods and proceeds by analyzing the role of emotions and feelings in human knowledge and their relation to reason. It then turns to the subject of activity and relativity of knowledge, along with various proposals for thinking about knowledge in a slightly uncommon way: knowledge of that which does not exist, prejudice, recognition, cognition, and ignorance. It also explores the separation between knowledge and reality, the individual and the whole, and subjectivity and objectivity. The chapter concludes by proposing an understanding of knowledge as a fragmented, partial, imaginative, and provisional reconstruction of reality.

Keywords:   knowledge, unjust social conditions, Americas, truth, progress, emotions, reason, reality, subjectivity, objectivity

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