Existential Epistemology: How The Theory of Knowledge Illuminates Life and Meaning

Epistemology, the theory of knowledge, is practical, and this salon series by Arkadiusz Synowczyk will prove why and how.

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.

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New episodes are released every second Sunday!

June 16, 20231. What, Why and How: Epistemology and its Fundamental Practical Implications.

The series will start with metaphysical premises upon which epistemology lies, and the resulting fundamental principles of how we ought to think. The topics discussed will include, among others, the fundamental nature of existence, consciousness and the relationship between those. This discussion, in turn, will inform our inquiries in all future episodes.
July 2, 20232. Inductive View of Knowledge: Concretization and Meaning.

In the second episode we will focus on an aspect of what an inductive approach to knowledge entails. Specifically, we will explore the nature and importance of concretization and meaning. This will be done by examining how those two issues illuminate one’s thinking about daily life problems, including psychological ones, and the topic of values.

July 16, 20233. Conceptual Engineering: Pluralism about Concepts and Concepts as Normative.

This episode will discuss how, given the previous advice, one should conceptualise the world and approach concepts themselves. We will discuss the nature of concepts as mental entities subject to normative evaluation and constituting the form, not matter of cognition. In the process of doing so, we will illuminate some central issues of religion, psychological problems, ethics and politics.
August 8, 20234. Possibility: Faith, Self-doubt and Values.

In the previous episode, we will have discussed how we should form and approach concepts. During this meeting, we will delve into how specific concepts such as “possible,” “might/may,” and “can,” should be formed and approached. In doing so, we will discuss what that implies for our lives. Those implications will illuminate, most importantly, our thinking about religion, psychological doubts, ethics and politics.
August 20, 20235. Inductive View of Knowledge: Fallacies of Ignoring the Hierarchy of Knowledge.

In the preceding episodes, we will have implicitly identified a crucial principle of epistemology, which will now be made fully explicit. The principle in question is the fact that all knowledge is hierarchical. Thus, we will explore the practical implications of the hierarchical nature of knowledge to thinking about concepts and propositions, especially those concerning ethics and politics.
September 3, 20236. Inductive View of Knowledge: An Unending Quest for Archai

The last episode of this series will concern its overview and the last, crowning, practical implication of epistemology discussed in this course. Specifically, it will focus on the concept of arché and the principle behind thinking of the greatest thinkers of human history – the unending quest for archai. Thus, we will achieve crucial epistemological advice on how to use the advice already given, go on even further, and expand the range of one’s knowledge, irrespective of the field.

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