Epistemology is a theory of knowledge especially with regard to its methods,
validity and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.
What is knowledge?
How do we know what we know?
What is the difference between knowledge and opinion or belief?
What role does subjectivity play in our certainties with regard to knowledge?
What social or cultural structures influence the ways in which we (claim to
What happens when one person’s “known” is in direct opposition to another
We obtain information by consulting google but this is not necessarily a
Data, but not a neutral source
Knowledge is information processed through a thinking human mind.
Plato defined knowledge as “justified true belief
Expertise; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject
What is known in a particular field or in total; facts and verified information
Awareness gained by experience of a fact or situation
The role of university
A social space in which knowledge is created, stored, transmitted, examined,
Teachers, Scholars, and Students
--a dynamic relationship-each forms and informs the others-not mutually
We create new knowledge through research, analyses, and critique
--we contribute to scholarly discourse
Knowledge is stored in libraries, textbooks, websites, professors’ heads
We engage one another in conversation (literal or imagined via written
works). Offer critiques and respond to critiques of our own work
Have you ever wondered why Wikipedia is not an acceptable primary source?
No structure in place to ensure rigorous peer review
--Encyclopedia can work as starting point for research, but never the sole,
primary or main source of information.
Engaging Knowledge in the university
The university as a space for construction of knowledge, but also for
deconstruction of knowledge.
--Multiple opportunities to continually re-evaluate theories and trends
within our disciplines --Looking to dismantle and/or correct forms of knowledge or information
that have become antiquated, or which harbor prejudices, inequalities or