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The Unbounded MindBreaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking$
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Ian I. Mitroff and Harold A. Linstone

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102888.001.0001

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Agreement: The First Way of Knowing

Agreement: The First Way of Knowing

(p.18) (p.19) CHAPTER 2 Agreement: The First Way of Knowing
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The role of Agreement as one of the first and classic ways of knowing is examined in this chapter. It critiques one of the major philosophical bases on which professional education rests, the philosophy of empiricism. Of all the means that humans have invented to learn about and control their world, none has been more persistent or more powerful than the notion that for something to count as knowledge, it must be based on facts or observations. The tale of the Delphi is critically examined in this chapter. The authors demonstrate how it is a simple but a very powerful and clear example of a particular kind of knowledge or Inquiry System. Also, the Asch effect is presented as a counterargument to the notion of empiricism.

Keywords:   empiricism, Agreement, Asch effect, Delphi, knowledge, Inquiry System, Asch effect

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