Re: Knowledge vs. Belief LO2668

Tue, 5 Sep 1995 06:59:26 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO2660 --

Replying to L02660, Michael proposes that "in a biological sense,
'knowing' refers to action potential" and it some claim to know something,
"let them demonstrate that their knowing is a source of effective action".

I agree with this proposal, but would note that it is not too far away
from the so-called "Pragmatic Maxim" enunciated by Charles Sanders Peirce
in his now-becoming-better-known 1878 publication "How to Make Our Ideas
Clear", as follows:

"It appears, then, that the rule for attaining the third grade of
clearness of apprehension is as follows: Consider what effects, which
might conceivably have practical bearings, we conceive the object of our
conception to have. Then, our conception of these effects is the whole of
our conception of the object."

Writers who discuss this quotation today are likely to say that it
explains what is meant by "meaning"--a concept not too far removed from,
but perhaps still more fundamental than, knowledge.

If the LO refers to communal sharing of knowledge or meaning, perhaps one
ought to look into the "effects, which might conceivably have practical
bearings" that might ensure if an organization were a LO; and perhaps it
would be possible to work backwards from that consideration to consider
other aspects of LO.