Indigenous Gnoseology as New Theory of Knowledge

Author: Jahid Siraz (University of Malaya)
Speaker: Jahid Siraz
Topic: Text, Context and Entextualization
The SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2022 Colloquium

Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that deals with the general validity of knowledge claims, including its nature and scope, conjecture and basis. And Gnoseology is the philosophy of knowledge, so, it is not synonymous to epistemology, and this the Philosophical mistake of Descarte, Heidegger, Kant, and later follows these wizards. Gnoseology goes for practicality, if, following Nicomachean ethics, it seeks the scientific knowledge with virtue and episteme and techne, meaning that with theory and method.

Gnoseology is not concerned with whether we actually know some truths, such as colonialism, Christianity, etc. Indigenous Gnoseology, of course, holds Nous as a source of knowledge. At the same time, he thinks that the holistic nature of the indigenous people, the specific history of the people, their religion or religious texts are also the source of knowledge. In this epidemic, we have seen how low the mortality rate of indigenous people, or rural people, means that there are human qualities that are communal consciousness, communal feelings were evident. The social sciences should, after this epidemic, think anew. Everything changes, we dare to change the theory of knowledge once again. And here is the essence of Indigenous Gnoseology. To this day, only, we find history in Sadia Gao’s writings, as a source of knowledge, and no one else. It seems to us that after these poets, we have erred in the practice of knowledge and the sources of knowledge. This is our suggestion to correct this formulaic error.

The science of knowledge exists as much as the human mind through knowledge through knowledge; That, as far as it’s true. Scientists are not concerned about whether we actually know certain truths, but we are concerned about whether it is fair to claim certain certain classes of truths. In our work, the breif history will be given so that everyone can understand, where is the boot in our conventional epistemology? And this historicity will show us that, over the ages, theories of knowledge and wisdom have really changed, diffused, the exchange of East and West is not new. Within the framework we have raised, many will find similarities with the indigenous paradigm, in fact, our paradigmatic location is so, and hence, an anticolonial stand. This article is thus a new horizon, that is universal in nature beyond the racial, religious and regional boundaries.

Keywords: Gnoseology, Knowledge theory, Indigenous Paradigm, Anticoloniality.