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The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 2, 1999

Metaphysics

D. P. Chattopadhyaya
Pages 187-194

On the Ways of Knowing What is There
Being and Knowing

To define knowledge in terms of (i) belief, (ii) justification, and (iii) truth is primarily epistemological and therefore seems to be untenable. What is wrong with the ontological view of knowledge? If objects like dream and shadow could be said to be real and worth investigating, why should knowledge itself not be treated as a knowable reality? Knowability suggests its possibility-like, pursuit-like, gradual disclosive—as distinguished from enclosed or complete—character. Disclosure is self-revealing or, as Indians say, svaprakasa. That is, its justification arises from within.

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