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Knowledge: Knowledge is the awareness or understanding of something. It can be acquired through experience, or education. Knowledge can be factual, procedural, or conceptual. See also Propositional knowledge, Knowledge how.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Benjamin Barber on Knowledge - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 687
Knowledge/Political Knowledge/Politics/Epistemology/Barber: Thesis: Political knowledge is autonomous versus philosophical knowledge. The decisive question is: does it arise from the creative consensus of an autonomous will of the citizen? (1) Barber understands politics "as epistemology". (2)
Barber: political knowledge is not subject to the supposedly absolute truth conditions of philosophy nor to the fundamental rules such as the avoidance of the naturalistic fallacy (the conclusion from being to should). See Naturalistic Fallacy.
Skepticism/Barber: this itself is only the other side of a misguided claim to truth.
Knowledge/Future/Barber: Thesis: because of its reference to a possible future, political knowledge can attain a kind of validity that can be reduced neither to principles nor to conventions. Political knowledge is reflected in "functioning rules of thumb". (3)
Judgment/truth/language/Barber: Politics is always about the question "What should we do? Individual goals would be reformulated through their public theming towards a "mutual language of public goods". (4)
((s)VsBarber: not every problem can be reformulated in a "language of public goods". Nor should it be the aim of a society form to aim for it. See Psychotherapy, Self-Discovery etc. ).

1. Benjamin Barber, Strong Democary, Participatory Politics for a New Age, Berkeley CA, 1984, Dt. Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie. Über die Teilhabe am Politischen, Hamburg 1994, S. 161f.
2. Ebenda chap 5 (engl). (Kap 2 dt.)
3. Ibid. p. 164.
4. Ibid. p. 165

Michael Haus, „Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

PolBarb I
Benjamin Barber
The Truth of Power. Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House New York 2001

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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