Philosophy and the Epistemological Application of Knowledge Management Analytical Essay by DLKeeler

An overview of the philosophy of knowledge and the applications of knowledge management.
# 152118 | 2,438 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | DE
Published on Jan 02, 2013 in Philosophy (Epistemology) , Business (General)

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This paper explains the a priori versus a posteriori methods of knowledge acquisition and discusses how this method was further developed and explained by philosophers such as Richard Feldman. The paper then addresses knowledge management; the paper points out the difference between a knowledge worker (KW) and a manual worker (MW), and shows how the United States Army has been very successful with its use of knowledge management. Finally, this writer offers his personal reflection and insights regarding this philosophy of knowledge.

Research and Epistemological Theories
Personal Reflection and Insights

From the Paper:

"I have always had my own views of what knowledge is, how it is obtained and how it is shared. This course, Philosophy 716, has given me a much broader scope of understanding and has added to my overall opinion. During the past eight weeks I have learned about several epistemological concepts and theories. I learned the word "epistemology" is derived from the Greek word, episteme, which means knowledge (Audi, 2011, p. 30). The suffix, "ology," is the study of a particular subject. I also discovered the concept of a priori knowledge and a posteriori knowledge. Finally, I learned about the application of knowledge management in the workplace.
"For many years, philosophers have studied knowledge via the field of epistemology. In fact, years before the United States was established, philosophers such as Plato were discussing what knowledge was and how it was acquired. Plato offered theories that have since then become the basis for philosophical and scientific research by many future scholars. Several of those epistemological theories have been employed in the workplace and have made the organizations more effective and efficient. One of those theories is the utility of knowledge management. Despite being a sometimes considered controversial epistemological application, knowledge management is widely used by the United States Army. Even though many Soldiers feel negatively about knowledge management and consider it as just another task added to an already full schedule, the Army has been quite successful in its use."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Audi, Robert. (2011). Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, Routledge, London and New York, Third edition, 2010, pp. xixiii + 404.
  • Harrison-Barbet, Anthony. (n.d.) Philosophical Connections. Plato (c. 428 -- 348 B.C.). "Rationalistic Dualism."
  • Feldman, R. (2003). Epistemology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Drucker, P. (1999, Winter). Knowledge-worker productivity: The biggest challenge. California Management Review, 41(2), 79.
  • Koudsi, S. (2000). Actually, it is like brain surgery. Fortune. (March 20): 233-34.

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