The Maker's Knowledge Principle and the Limits of Science

Danilo Marcondes De De Souza Filho
Universidade Federal Fluminense
This paper starts with an analysis of the maker’s knowledge principle as one of the main characteristics of Modern epistemology. We start by showing that maker’s knowledge can be understood in two ways: 1) a negative sense, as a way of establishing limits to human knowledge: we can only know what we create; and 2) a positive sense, as legitimizing human knowledge: we effectively know what we create. We proceed then to examine the roots of the maker’s knowledge principle in the context of the transition from Greek philosophy to early Christian thought, seeing Philo of Alexandria as perhaps the first to formulate an early version of the principle. We conclude that it is the Christian conception of God as creator that makes possible a redefinition of the relation between knowing and creating, opening the way to the Modern formulation of the principle
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Conference Proceedings  History of Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0065-7638
DOI 10.5840/acpaproc20027622
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 36,003
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Test of the Principle of Optimality.Carbone Enrica & D. Hey John - 2001 - Theory and Decision 50 (3):263-281.
Vico and the Maker's Knowledge Principle.Stephen Gaukroger - 1986 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 3 (1):29 - 44.
The Limits of Knowledge and the Limits of Science.José Bermejo - 2010 - Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Servizo de Publicacións E Intercambio.
Presentism and Truth-Making.Jonathan Tallant - 2009 - Erkenntnis 71 (3):407-416.
Why Epistemology Cannot Be Operationalized.Timothy Williamson - 2008 - In Quentin Smith (ed.), Epistemology: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
Knowing and Guessing.Gerard Radnitzky - 1982 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 13 (1):110-121.
The Acquaintance Principle.Malcolm Budd - 2003 - British Journal of Aesthetics 43 (4):386-392.


Added to PP index

Total downloads
36 ( #178,608 of 2,293,920 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #88,492 of 2,293,920 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature