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Where is that epistemology prof when you actually need her? Reist, Dan 2009

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Where Is that Epistemology Prof When You Actually Need Her? An Unguided Tour of the Epistemological Forest Dan Reist Assistant Director (KE) 16 April 2009  WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE?  Conditions for “knowledge”  • p believes x • p has reasons for believing x • x is true  Conditions for “knowledge”  • p believes x • p has reasons for believing x • x is true (how to establish for anything other than logical statements)  – evidence for x  How do we acquire knowledge?  How do we acquire knowledge?  The Knowledge Exchange  A Systems Definition of Knowledge Exchange Knowledge “exchange” happens when there is something in the transaction for each actor  Knowledge exchange takes place naturally when space is created for dialogue and actors with differing knowledge sets are linked via communications channels  Toward Principles • Quality of both the information and the mechanisms of exchange • Accessibility – power to the people • Relevance to the audience in context • Pragmatic • Timely  Dan Reist Centre for Addictions Research of BC University of Victoria (604) 408-7753 dreist@uvic.ca  THANK YOU!  


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