Essay on Understanding The Pursuit Of Knowledge

1595 Words Dec 1st, 2014 7 Pages
The acquisition of knowledge is a process engrained in human nature, rooted in the desire to uncover the truth and driven by the asking of questions; inquiries that evoke information or incite an answer. When searching for knowledge, it may be necessary for the question stimulating the pursuit of knowledge to be neutral, defined as not being biased in any way and unaffected by personal experience and knowledge, in order for one to arrive at an absolute, objective truth or certain knowledge. However, according to Kantian philosophy, concepts, information and knowledge are all interconnected in a complex web of beliefs, therefore, questions must be inextricably linked to the preexisting connections. Since these connections will forever be present, it is difficult to formulate a question untied to our previous knowledge and personal experience. Thus, many claim there is no such thing as a neutral question. A neutral question can be defined as a question worded such that it does not direct the questioned and does not imply the questioner’s opinion.
However, question neutrality is central to human activity. It is necessary for all political and diplomatic activities. Referendum and voting procedures rely on neutral wording of questions. It is also necessary to avoid confirmation bias in human science investigations and the natural sciences, an area of knowledge that often relies on ‘neutral’ mathematical principles to investigate natural phenomena and arrive at objective…

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