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Knowledge Theory: Theories & Truth

Is it useful to develop theories and/or paradigms in our approach to knowledge acquisition? What are the benefits and pitfalls of developing theories and paradigms?

What conditions have to be met before we can accept something as true? (Discuss in the context of epistemic justification.)

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Dear Student,
Hello. Should you need to expand, I have some suggested readings, the ones I use for my own studies on Knowledge Theory. I shall assume that you are familiar with the discourse on paradigm as well as what an epistemological position is in terms of validation. If not you can familiarize yourself with the discourse using the listed references below.Thank you for using Brainmass. Good luck!

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OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
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Theory of Knowledge Q&A

Is it useful to develop theories and/or paradigms in our approach to knowledge acquisition? What are the benefits and pitfalls of developing theories and paradigms?

How do scientists, at least in the study of knowledge theory develop 'theories'? From an ethnographical and sociological viewpoint, theories are arrived at following scientific research, be they qualitative or quantitative in nature. Using said methods, positions, facts and the hypothesis can be validated and retested over and over again for the purpose of validation. Are these theories then useful? As a social scientist, I look at ...

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The solution provides a concise yet comprehensive discussion on the importance of theory development in knowledge creation. The benefits to developing said theories as well as its pitfalls is also discussed. Furthermore, the topic of epistemic justification is also discussed in relation to set conditions that must be met prior to the acceptance of a particular information/body of knowledge as 'true'. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. The solution is in the form of a short essay following the APA format. References are provided for expansion.

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