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Where is that epistemology prof when you actually need her? Reist, Dan 2009-04-30

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Where Is that Epistemology Prof When You Actually Need Her?An Unguided Tour of the Epistemological ForestDan ReistAssistant Director (KE)16 April 2009WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE?Conditions for “knowledge”• p believes x• p has reasons for believing x• x is trueConditions 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 xHow do we acquire knowledge?How do we acquire knowledge?The Knowledge ExchangeA Systems Definition of Knowledge ExchangeKnowledge exchange takes place naturally when space is created for dialogue and actors with differing knowledge sets are linked via communications channelsKnowledge “exchange” happens when there is something in the transaction for each actorToward Principles• Quality of both the information and the mechanisms of exchange• Accessibility – power to the people• Relevance to the audience in context• Pragmatic • Timely THANK YOU!Dan ReistCentre for Addictions Research of BCUniversity of Victoria(604) 408-7753dreist@uvic.ca


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