Ways of knowing in a fragmented world

Carrington, Ann (2012) Ways of knowing in a fragmented world. In: [Presented at Second International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality: spirituality in a fragmented world]. pp. 2-3. From: BASS 2012: Second International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality: spirituality in a fragmented world, 15-17 May 2012, Northampton, UK.

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In a fragmented world, where scholars and practitioners across disciplines continue to identify failings within current systems, spirituality is continually being held up as a possible solution. Within this exploration, the various ways of knowing have become a major focus across many disciplines as we move forward through the 21st Century. In the post post-modern world, attempts are taken to recognize various way of knowing and great effort is made not to be homogenous. However, does this positioning actually work to maintain a fragmented world? And if so, can spiritual theory actually assist in learning to hold all ways of knowing as one? This paper explores a section of findings, pertaining to ways of knowing, from a comprehensive and rigorous qualitative research program using the process of meta-triangulation, which explored spiritual perspectives from paradigm to practice. Three distinct ways of knowing were identified for both the physical and spiritual. It was found that paradigmatic positioning within the physical created fragmentation, as most paradigms only recognized one way of knowing, while the spiritual paradigms explored predominantly recognized, and actively sought to include all ways of knowing. This insight offers a valuable contribution as it provides a possible pathway to holding the all as one, for both the individual and society.

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FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2203 Philosophy > 220304 Epistemology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods @ 60%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
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