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A History of the Concept of Knowledge


  • Hans Siggaard Jensen

    (Copenhagen Business School)


The paper discusses the relationship of concept of work and concept of knowledge. It attempts to give an outline of such a history. The guiding thread throughout the history of the concept of knowledge has been ‘linguisticness’, the ways in which we were able to recognise or express cognition in language. Over past centuries incredible emphasis has been placed on understanding knowledge as allowing the facts to take the floor, letting them speak for themselves. With a social system that increasingly bases itself on the fact that more and more of those who supply a contribution to value generation in society also do so by producing and handling knowledge, changes to this are being made.

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  • Hans Siggaard Jensen, 2000. "A History of the Concept of Knowledge," Zagreb International Review of Economics and Business, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, vol. 3(2), pages 1-16, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:zag:zirebs:v:3:y:2000:i:2:p:1-16

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    Aristotle; belief; doxa; episteme; knowledge;

    JEL classification:

    • B0 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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