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2. Which philosopher or epistemological position from
Hotz and Marquis articles for the study of epistemology? or

Descartes, Hume, or Chuang Tzu or

Feldman quotes a passage from Meno

do you consider most relevant to the applied epistemological issues Why?

3. Nonaka and Nishiguchi discuss the steps companies have taken to overcome barriers to knowledge sharing with suppliers and competitors—coevolution and coopetition. Many textbooks on knowledge management, however, caution firms to protect their intellectual property thoroughly and carefully through noncompete agreements, patents, nondisclosure agreements, and other legal means, indicating that loss of intellectual property such as inventions, designs, processes, organizational structures, and marketing plans can damage organizational competiveness as much or more than losing capital equipment and other tangible assets. How is it possible to reconcile these competing points of view?

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The solution below should get you started. I have taken the position that you are already familiar with the philosophy and the philosophers - and what you are asking for are points to help you answer the questions you listed. For Q1, I suggest choosing Descartes for the simple reason that he has a classical view and his is a rational take (easier to piece down to argue for). For Q2, I suggest answering the question to the point and providing an example. This outline should do -

1. Descartes and his epistemology and its application - 150 words
2. Coevolution & Coopetition - 150 words

Descartes & His Epistemology

Rene Descartes is a classical philosopher in that he was a man of the Enlightenment. His thinking laid the foundations of modern philosophy and rational thought. His epistemology is based on his experience of the Renaissance when religion and the initial movements of logical thought (science) were deeply in conflict. He was a mathematician as well which meant that he sought for the most rational, most universal explanation of thought and reality. Epistemology seeks to understand the nature of knowledge. What is knowledge? What is TRUE knowledge? These were among the many questions he sought to answer, but one that would reconcile the opposing elements of faith and science. How can knowledge be acquired, what can be entirely known? What is truth? What is belief? What is ...

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