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Ideologies Aimed at Understanding the External World
Journalism & Communication
Pages 12 (3012 words)
Ideologies Aimed at Understanding the External World How the Interaction with Physical Objects and Human Relationships help in the Construction of Meaning about the Nature of the External World By Name Subject Professor School Date of Submission Introduction The interpretation of the external world hinges on the clear understanding of reality and perception.
Knowledge, in this sense, is formed when man mentally creates judgments about his experiences (the smell of the fruit is sweet or the laughter of the child is loud). The problem between reality and perception stemmed from simple yet essential questions: (1) is the knowledge obtained through sense-experience true? How can man assure himself that what he perceives to be real is aligned with what is actually real? According to a philosopher named Bertrand Russell, reality exists—an objective space where all objective objects are orderly situated. Man is able to obtain knowledge about these objects, firstly, through the experience provided by his senses; and secondly, through the judgment created by his mind on such experience. The mental concept that is constructed is thus called perception. In this light, Russell deemed that man cannot exactly grasp reality since his senses do not possess the facets that would allow for him to capture these objects completely and purely. Essentially, however, man’s inquiry toward the external world reinforces an interesting insight about his nature—the desire to know. Indeed, Littlejohn (1995) opines it is in the creation of meaning that man is able to know about the external world, about other men, and ultimately about himself. ...
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