Does Knowledge Provide Meaning And Purpose Essay

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Knowledge according to the Oxford Dictionary to be “facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.” In the course of Theory of Knowledge, we are not given a set definition of what knowledge is, but it is explored through the ways of knowing and areas of knowing. To everything that we know there is a meaning and purpose. The word meaning refers to, according to the Oxford Dictionary “what is meant by word, text, concept, or action, ” while purpose suggests, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” If knowledge does not only provide purpose and knowledge, are there other reasons why we gain knowledge? This idea will be explored through the areas of knowing, Natural Sciences and History. Further investigation will look into how knowledge plays a larger…show more content…
However, the whole point of knowledge is not to only produce purpose and meaning. Knowledge can provide us with other factors. I personally disagree with the statement, “the whole point of knowledge is to produce both meaning and purpose in our personal lives.” In addition, the question asks does knowledge increase meaning and purpose? Evidentally, knowledge does increase meaning and purpose, but those are not the only products. Knowledge increases all the different ways of knowing. Looking into “our personal lives” do we only think of personal lives as own our life or the lives of other people in general. When breaking down this statement, then it alters our perspective on how we individually answer the question. The reason I disagree with this question is because it views knowledge to be functional, something that supplies meaning, when in fact knowledge can actually be less than that. There is no “whole point” of knowledge, as its something we as humans manipulate or use to create a

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