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Data Analysis, Models, and Knowledge (Applied Epistemology)

A Philosopher's Take

Most of my recent philosophical research has been in the area of epistemology—the theory of knowledge. Knowledgeis a familiar concept among most people, but mainstream epistemology has turned it into something that is only shared within the small confines of philosophers. As a consequence, epistemologists have robbed common folk of knowledge!

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The transformation of knowledge into a “philosophers-only” concept sometimes irritates me. I want to study epistemology to understand knowledge and beliefs for the purpose of putting my understanding of the subject to work in everyday matters. But the concepts analyzed in mainstream epistemology have restricted domains. Because of the restrictions, I realize that a lot of the philosophical knowledge that I have often does me no good in applying it to practical matters.

Recently, however, I have imagined applying some of the traditional epistemological concepts to a growing field that has crossed over the domains…

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