Corporate Epistemology and 'The New KM' LO29703

From: Rick Parkany (
Date: 12/16/02

Replying to LO29691 --

Folks: this message I offer from the EdResource list for further
consideration of The *New Knowledge Management*.

I consider Popperism to be (Logical) Positivism, Mark II.

Is this New KM Positivism, Mark III or something more (or less)? ;-}


Subject: [EdResource] [New Book] Belief's Own Ethics by Jonathan E. Adler
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 13:03:53 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <>
To: Education and Technology Listserv <>
CC: David Weininger <>

Dear EdResource Members:

Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 21:57:33 -0500
From: Anne Jacobson <ajjacobson@UH.EDU>

> I thought readers of the Cognitive Science in the Humanities List might be
> interested in this book. For more information please visit
> Belief's Own Ethics
> Jonathan E. Adler
> The fundamental question of the ethics of belief is "What ought one to
> believe?" According to the traditional view of evidentialism, the
> strength of one's beliefs should be proportionate to the evidence.
> Conventional ways of defending and challenging evidentialism rely on
> the idea that what one ought to believe is a matter of what it is
> rational, prudent, ethical, or personally fulfilling to believe.
> Common to all these approaches is that they look outside of belief
> itself to determine what one ought to believe.
> In this book Jonathan Adler offers a strengthened version of
> evidentialism, arguing that the ethics of belief should be rooted in
> the concept of belief--that evidentialism is belief's own ethics. A
> key observation is that it is not merely that one ought not, but that
> one cannot, believe, for example, that the number of stars is even.
> Adler addresses such questions as irrational beliefs, reasonableness,
> control over beliefs, and whether justifying beliefs requires a
> foundation. Although he treats the ethics of belief as a central topic
> in epistemology, his ideas also bear on rationality, philosophy of
> religion, ethics, and social cognitive psychology.
> Jonathan E. Adler is Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and the
> Graduate School, CUNY.
> 6 x 9, 403 pp., cloth, ISBN 0-262-01192-1
> A Bradford Book
> ______________________
> David Weininger
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> The MIT Press
> 5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor
> Cambridge, MA 02142
> 617 253 2079
> 617 253 1709 fax

"Mark W. McElroy" wrote:
> Dear Friends:
> Last week I gave a keynote presentation at a conference on Complexity
> Theory in Management that I thought some of you might be interested in.
> The full set of slides I used in my presentation is retrievable from the
> link below. In my talk, I addressed an issue that has come up recently in
> this group -- problems I see with the view of knowledge as 'the capacity
> for effective action,' or 'justified true belief' -- and an opposing point
> of view based largely on Karl Popper's 'fallibilism.' Depending on what
> your epistemology is, the manner in which business is conducted and the
> approaches taken in OL and Knowledge Management can vary dramatically.
> In another recent LO thread entitled "George Soros," I called attention to
> a developing strain of KM that is based on Popper's fallibilism, and which
> is labeled "The New KM." This presentation explains the underlying point
> of view and illustrates the differences it makes in the practice of
> business and KM. It also explains 'The Open Enterprise' as an
> organizational model that follows from fallibilism and which also
> addresses current issues related to corporate malfeasance. This is the
> first and only approach to KM that is based on fallibilism, and in that
> regard it differs from all other approaches to KM developed and/or in use
> up to now.
> Here is the presentation I gave:
> "Mark W. McElroy" <>


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