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Existential Epistemology: The Structural Nature of Knowledge
August 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Epistemology, the theory of knowledge, is often understood as a subject worthy of study, if at all, for the sake of itself. In this new salon series, Arkadiusz Synowczyk, a philosophy student specializing in epistemology, will show how this approach is fundamentally misguided. Epistemology, far from a purely theoretical subject, will be shown as providing crucial guidance in one’s daily life.
In the previous episode, we discussed how we should approach concepts as such. During this meeting, we will delve into the specific concepts of “evidence” and “knowledge.” We will discuss their basic meaning, the need to ground our beliefs in evidence, and the fact that knowledge has a structural form. In doing so, we will discuss what all of that implies for our lives. Those implications will illuminate, most importantly, our thinking about religion, psychological doubts, ethics and politics.
Key discussion points:
- What evidence and knowledge are?
- How are arguments structured?
- How to evaluate arguments?
- What are the common fallacies in argumentation?
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Arkadiusz Synowczyk is a philosophy student at Newcastle University (UK) and an Interintellect host. He is interested in epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of language, with a particular interest in the problem of induction and the practical applications of philosophy. He has hosted salons on Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, and the relationship between religion and science. Besides his academic activities, he develops his YouTube channel and Substack blog where he shares his thoughts and ideas on philosophy and related topics.