This book concludes by reflecting on knowledge and describing some aspects of the process from which these reflections emerged. It first considers the uncertainty of searching for the future by focusing on the Americas and the “crisis of knowledge” that appears to be a part of the general crisis of our present societies. It then discusses the importance of responding to the questions, concerns, and issues that guide our lives and our ties to others. In particular, it distinguishes between questions that are not “real” and questions that are true, arguing that part of what we need today is precisely to listen attentively and humbly to the questions posed by “others”—people from other regions, cultures, and social classes—and reflect upon what their concerns can contribute to our own lives. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of the questions—more than the importance of the certainties—that we bear throughout our lives.
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