Presenter Joanna Kavenna introduces the panel of philosophers. They will discuss the boundaries of knowledge and human discovery.
Lawson says philosophy has moved from the notice of humans' ability for knowledge to their inability for knowledge. He says people cannot give up on the search for knowledge even if they cannot obtain it.
Brassier says skepticism shows that knowledge is only possible if it has a secure foundation. He says knowledge is context-relative but that does not make it impossible to know something.
Massimi says there are difference kinds of knowledge that help humans understand the world around them. She says the question for philosophers should not be if knowledge exists but how it exists.
The panelists discuss knowledge and the forms in which it can exist. Massimi talks about the differences between human and animal knowledge. Lawson says there are no categories of knowledge.
The panelists discuss the limits of knowledge and how it relates to self-reference. Massimi says knowledge is contextual and can be limited within a context. Lawson says all knowledge is useful.
The panelists discuss if the pursuit of knowledge should be abandoned because it is unknowable. Brassier says absolute knowledge and understanding is not necessary.
Credits: Beyond Knowledge
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The quest for knowledge has driven progress and led us from the savannah to the stars. Yet knowledge is limited by culture, language, and our human constraints. Is knowledge an illusion, a straight-jacket we should escape to discover new worlds? Or is the pursuit of definitive knowledge vital to our future? The Panel Philosopher and author of Nihil Unbound Ray Brassier, postmodernist Hilary Lawson, and philosopher of science Michela Massimi uncover the limits of knowledge
Length: 55 minutes
Copyright date: ©2015
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