4/11/2017

Some Notes on Epistemology

Decolonisation as the Horizon of Political Action (e-flux)
Irmgard Emmelhainz 

"If it has been acknowledged that capitalist exploitation depends on the organization of scientific objectivity and reason, why do we continue to uncritically uphold the ways in which we organise knowledge? We must explore forms of knowledge that we ignored by modernity and use non-Western epistemologies to question the disciplinary boundaries imposed by modern science, along with the isolation of political struggles it has led to."

"The majority of aboriginal people have epistemologies based on embodied knowledge–meaning is found in individual and collective presence, and in order to access meaning, it is necessary to live in a way that achieve physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual balance. This implies that aboriginal intellect has no limits and that meaning emerges from context and process instead of from content."

  • Art is a form of knowledge that critically questions the ways in which knowledge is generated and organised today in order to generate new knowledge and methodologies. 
  • Language structures the way in which knowledge is generated.

On Being Present Where You Wish to Disappear (e-flux)
Nana Adusei-Poku 

"theorist Sylvia Wynter stated in an open letter to her colleagues that the epistemological foundations of dominant forms of thought are one key source of the "chronic day-to-day violence" Clark spoke of. Intellectuals and scientists, argued Wynter, reproduce the epistemological foundations for this violence by treating these foundations as objective and universals." 


  • Art questions these epistemological foundations, argues against the universals for a proliferation of the particular experience.  

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