Pandemic and the Critical Role of Knowledge Management
Managing the Knowledge About the World within the Framework of Epistemology in the Metascientific, Acquisitional, Documentary, and Applied SenseZdzisław Wąsık
Epistemology, pondered on the level of the sciences of science, deals with dispositional knowledge shared by all theorists of science. With the assumption that epistemology is a theory of knowledge about the world, the first part of this chapter discusses three approaches to epistemology as a domain of study, where general knowledge is seen as an objective potential of all information, as a subjective state of acquaintance with selected information achieved through individual cognition, as well as a textual body of information recorded in and transmitted across various media of communication. Subsequently, the fourth understanding of the epistemology in the applied sense is pondered in the second part of the chapter dealing with ethical-moral aspects of knowledge management, its acquisition, documentation, and dissemination. As regards the conclusions and investigative postulates, the final part of the chapter summarizes the knowledge about the relationship between the world and reality under the heading of the incompatibility of worldviews in the perception of reality and the hierarchies of worlds coupled with semiotic modeling systems. As a result, estimating the growth of knowledge about the world, researchers might pose the questions pertaining to the sign-and-mind-related extension of the human lifeworld or the planet Earth as a globe inhabited by all species as living organisms through semiosphere or noösphere. Regarding the cosmological idea of the world as a totality of phenomena, it is suitable to discuss in a more extensive work, the conceptual and methodological interrelationships between semiosphere and biosphere, between – biosphere and noosphere, and the commonalities between the ranges of semiosphere and noosphere.