explain, philosophy is a practical tool for acquiring knowledge.?

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  1. it flows like this: YOU observe—> questions —> search —> finding the answer —> and then you learn.

  2. Go watch the movie “Waking Life” if you haven’t already done so. Philosophy is a dream like state for acquiring knowledge. The reality is that the only way philosophy can be a practical tool for acquiring knowledge is to have an open mind in a “dream state”.

  3. philosophy can be looked upon as something to gain knowledge or something to find knowledge if you look back on philosophy you will learn things that you may have never known or wanted to know. But when you look forward on philosophy you are more looking on looking for knowledge to wonder what the great wonders of life are. and answers only can come in time.

  4. Philosophy helps us to ask the right questions in our quest for knowledge and helps to organize and utilize the knowledge thus gained.

  5. Logic I believe is said to be the result of philosophy and logic is a tool that helps to demonstrate the validity knowledge.

    Also see my answer to your other question.

  6. Definitely, Ethics and metaphysics and the discipline concerned with questions of how one should live?

    Their is so many great moral philosophers out there and you can agree with them all you want,but you still have go your own way,but out of all the ways to learn,philosophy is by far my favorite opinion

  7. rather, it is a tool for understanding knowledge, maybe not so much to gain knowledge.

  8. It is not. It is a game of semantics which ends not with a solution to a given problem but rather ends with a multitude of problems with no solutions to them. It is vain and unprofitable.

    Plato tells us to lie.

    Machiavelli tells us to lie and appear as thought we are not lying.

    Jesus tells us “Thou Shall Not Lie”.

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A philosophical basis for knowledge acquisition*

Knowledge acquisition for expert systems is a purely practical problem to be solved by experiment, independent of philosophy. However the experiments one chooses to conduct will be influenced by one’s implicit or explicit philosophy of knowledge, particularly if this philosophy is taken as axiomatic rather than as an hypothesis. We argue that practical experience of knowledge engineering, particularly in the long term maintenance of expert systems, suggests that knowledge does not necessarily have a rigorous structure built up from primitive concepts and their relationships. The knowledge engineer finds that the expert’s knowledge is not so much recalled, but to a greater or lesser degree “made up” by the expert as the occasion demands. The knowledge the expert provides varies with the context and gets its validity from its ability to explain data and justify the expert’s judgement in the context. We argue that the physical symbol hypothesis with its implication that some underlying knowledge structure can be found is a misleading philosophical underpinning for knowledge acquisition and representation. We suggest that the “insight” hypothesis of Lonergan (1958) better explains the flexibility and relativity of knowledge that the knowledge engineer experiences and may provide a more suitable philosophical environment for developing knowledge acquisition and representation tools. We outline the features desirable in tools based on this philosophy and the progress we have made towards developing such tools.

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