Document Type

Thesis

Publication details

Peterson, D, 2011, 'Knowledge as agreement: inviting Indigenous innuendo', Honours thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

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Abstract

By contrasting rational knowledge with relational knowledge, this paper discusses the forming of agreements as the pursuit of knowledge. Knowledge as agreement (the paper’s topic) is thus discussed in this paper via research methods including ‘autoethnography’ (the paper’s methodology). Pursuing knowledge by virtue of agreements (the paper’s epistemology) is subsequently valued after positioning the author as a non-Indigenous ‘dagay’, positioning the paper itself as a dissertation, and after assuming an initial relationship between the reader and author. The paper occurs within the cultural context (the paper’s ontology) of ‘academia’. Once rational knowledge has been contrasted with relational knowledge, the paper then highlights how agreements may be effectively pursued via ‘dialogue’ and affected by one’s topology (the paper’s axiology). These pursuits, says the paper, are pursuits of knowledge as agreement.

This paper is written from within ‘academia’ for the academic reader of a philosophical ilk. It is an attempt at the coherent valuing of relational knowledge and discussion of the possibility of knowledge through the pursuit of agreements. Philosophically, this is a paper about epistemology. As a creative discussion, author and reader share via this paper their mutual pursuit of fresh knowledge. Thus the paper is offered as an invitation for the reader to join the author in creating something that has not existed before – new knowledge.

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