Philosophy: Against Knowledge

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PinniB 4141


Philosophy, Faculty of Social Sciences

University lecturer Juha Himanka at the research seminar of philosophy

Philosophy: Against knowledge

We could argue that Plato's early dialogues present us an example of how to do philosophy, how to philosophize. Socrates is the main figure in those texts. What does he do in the dialogues? He, indeed, asks a lot of questions, but what is the purpose of this questioning? Socrates aims to show that his dialogue partners actually do not know what they think they know. Is this idea how to do philosophy outdated? In this presentation, I try to show that we might follow Socrates' example even today by following phenomenological method. We, living in the modern Western world, think we know for certain at least that Copernicus' theory of Earth and Einstein's theory of relativity are true.  Could these theories be questioned for real? In this paper, I will not argue that these theories are wrong, but I will examine the possibility whether they can be questioned.

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Professor Arto Laitinen,