Sunday, December 11, 2005

Cognitive Authority 

Cognitive Authority (PDF)
"Patrick Wilson (1983) developed the cognitive authority theory from social epistemology
in his book, Second-hand Knowledge: An Inquiry into Cognitive Authority. The fundamental
concept of Wilson’s cognitive authority is that people construct knowledge in two different
ways: based on their first-hand experience or on what they have learned second-hand from
others. What people learn first-hand depends on the stock of ideas they bring to the interpretation
and understanding of their encounters with the world. People primarily depend on others for
ideas as well as for information outside the range of direct experience. Much of what they think
of the world is what they have gained second-hand."


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