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Ignorance

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By: Nora Stel | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length: 3 | DOI: |
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As humans and as researchers, there is more that we do not know than we do know. Analysis and the decisions eventually based on them are significantly shaped by this fact. Yet, while there is an abundant literature on the epistemology of knowledge, there has been much less attention for ontologies and epistemologies of ignorance. This entry provides an overview of the emerging field of ignorance studies, offering definitions, conceptualizations, and an outline of the key debates in this growing cross-disciplinary field of study. It also discusses the analytical and methodological implications of engaging with that which is not known.

Definitions and Concepts

Ignorance might have intuitive connotations with backwardness or irrationality. In ignorance studies, however, ignorance simply refers to the opposite of knowledge, to not knowing. ...

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