Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Two types of Knowledge
Through reading chapter 4 I can only be plagued by the thought that there must be two types of knowledge. These two types of knowledge seem to be both existent within the Aristotelian and Platonic split. The first is the common knowledge, knowledge needed to provide us with basic rules in order to govern our lives. Pragmatics, Politics, Religion, Ethics or what Aristotle calls Praxis. The second is Scientific or Metaphysical knowledge, knowledge not directly known and more exact in it's attempt to understand the basic governing principles of movement, life, or the physical structure of the world. Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy are some.
Everyday we walk around with common knowledge of social norms, operant behavior on how to conduct our lives. Yet, existent within this world are a vast amount of metaphysical thoughts. For instance, what type of insect on the door was there when you walked into the gas station and how does it play a role in the food chain. How does killing a spider increase your risk of contracting the zika virus. Albeit a bit farfetched, some some small clues lead to a bigger picture. For instance could the social knowledge of other cultures affect your "performative" interactions with the clerk at the gas station? Could your understanding of basic respiration and human social psychology be combined to save the life of a man who may be having a heart attack, or who is choking. Perhaps this is a better question. Can metaphysical knowledge have a praxis element that can solve complex social problems. Would a deeper understanding of all these topics contribute to a more "equipped" citizen in Plato's Republic? Could one not both be a merchant and a king?