Epistemology is a philosophy that specifically focuses on the scope of knowledge. In a sense the questions is asked “what we know” or “What we can be sure of”. These are the basic fundamentals that surround how we think. In this paper, I will discuss views presented by philosophers that relate to me and my profession. In addition, I will explore the similarities and differences in epistemology. Perception as it relates to epistemology focuses on our perpetual knowledge. There are two types of perception that can be discussed, our perpetual beliefs and our perpetual knowledge. In general perception is the process in which we gain knowledge by being in the world and having experiences. These experiences can be acquired by using our five senses; sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Every time a person sees, hears, smells or tastes, we learn or experiences something new. What is the actual purpose of knowledge, and how is knowledge acquired? That is the question that individuals such as Cooper (1999) and Feldman (2003) have worked to answer, and that are still discussed today. The purpose of knowledge is something that could easily be argued. In other words, one person's belief as to why knowledge is needed may be far different from that of another person. It is also important to consider that what knowledge actually is will differ between people. Some people see their beliefs as facts, while others are clearer about the separation between those two areas. Because of that, it is impossible to define the purpose of knowledge unless one looks at all different types of knowledge from all different perspectives, and attempts to define each one. Knowledge, as it relates to leadership, is much more than just being "book smart." Leaders must lead the organization with knowledge that comes from books on the subject and experience in their chosen field. However, leaders must lead people by learning to relate to them...
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