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What might knowledge be?

April 15th, 2006 | 3 min read

By Keith E. Buhler

Some friends are planning on studying the Theatetus together this Summer. This Platonic dialogue is devoted to answering the question, "What is knowledge?"

In a sort of intellectual anticipation of reading the dialogue again, I was thinking about knowledge, and possibile definitions of it, as I walked into Home Depot today.

Before tackling the big question itself, my goal right now is to answer the question, "What might knowledge be? What are all the possibilities?" Putting all of the possibilities on the table and neglecting none, no matter how unlikely, is a responsible way to begin a search. Then one can go through each possibility systematically and inquire after the thing itself, discarding those possibilities that do not survive the examination.
Here is what I've up with so far... can you add to it?

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