Description

Why should inquiry be possible, only if some knowledge is required to guide it, as conventionally understood? Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many thinkers in all human history hitherto existing, there are some fundamental dialectic principles hidden behind any categories of understanding in knowing. And these principles impose some constraints, at both methodological and ontological levels, together with other levels in culture, society, nature, and the mind - on how reality is to be understood. Furthermore, the specific categories of understanding (as conventionally understood), even if valid at all (which are often not the case), are often not that important, when compared with these more fundamental dialectic principles hidden behind them. The focus on understanding the nature of knowledge has been much misplaced, in this sense, in the intellectual history hitherto existing, and much time and talent have been wasted for something less important. If true, this thesis will alter the way of how knowledge is to be understood across the board.

Key Features

  • Is written by a highly knowledgeable and well-respected scholar
  • A new theory called The Holistic Theory of Knowledge
  • A comprehensive analysis of knowledge in relation to methodology and ontology, from the perspectives of nature, the mind, society, and culture

Readership

Information professionals and other knowledge managers

Table of Contents

Introduction: The problem of knowledge; Knowledge and the mind; Knowledge and nature; Knowledge and culture; Knowledge and society; Conclusion: The future of knowledge.

Details

No. of pages:
294
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9781780631417
Print ISBN:
9781843345404
Print ISBN:
9781843345398

About the author

Peter Baofu

Dr Peter Baofu is the author of 18 books (as of 2008) in numerous fields ranging from the social sciences through the humanities to the natural sciences. He earned an entry to the list of ‘prominent and emerging writers’ in Contemporary Authors (2005) and another honorary entry in The Writers Directory (2007). He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in the Far East. He had taught as a professor at different universities in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central Asia, and North America. He finished more than 5 academic degrees, including a Ph.D. from M.I.T., and was a summa cum laude graduate.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant