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Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People

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We don't often think about the act of knowing, but if we do, the question of what we know and how we know it becomes murky indeed. Longing to Know is a book about knowing: knowing how we know things, knowing how we know people, and knowing how we know God.
This book is for those who are considering Christianity for the first time, as well as Christians who are struggling w
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Brazos Press
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John Lussier
Jul 15, 2014 John Lussier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Esther Lightcap Meek's first book on epistemology. In it she explicates her theory on what it means to know, and especially considers whether God can be known. What does it mean to know? Can we know God? Is knowing God like knowing other things? Meeks comes to the conclusion that yes, we can in fact know God. Even more shockingly she finds that knowing God is just like knowing anyone else. Knowing God, actually, is a lot like knowing your auto-mechanic.

Some key insights:

- knowing anythin
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Jimmy
Oct 22, 2011 Jimmy rated it liked it
The author Esther Lightcap Meek teaches philosophy at Covenant Theological Seminary and has written this work as an introduction to epistemology for ordinary people. Her chief thesis is that knowing God is like knowing about ordinary things in life such as the auto mechanic. In fact, knowing the auto mechanic is a repeated illustration thoughout the book. Early in the book, Meek tackles the issue of Cartesian certainty and yet the nagging problem of skepticism, of how both are inadequate and pro ...more
Megsprincess87
May 23, 2011 Megsprincess87 rated it liked it
We have been reading this book for my philosophy course, and honestly, it was really difficult for me to understand and maybe it had to do with the fact that we had to read it really fast because its only a 3 week summer course, but overall I guess the content was good, just a lot to grasp. I didn't agree with a lot of what she was saying, but she offered a new perspective on this idea of how we know something, if we can truly know anything, and if we can know God. My favorite quote by her which ...more
Joseph
Nov 20, 2013 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Meek defines knowledge this way: "Knowing is the responsible human struggle to rely on clues to focus on a coherent pattern and submit to its reality." The major sections of her book are organized according to this definition, unpacking it phrase by phrase.

Knowing is the process of integration, by which we focus on a pattern by and through the means of various clues, called subsidiaries, in the world, our body-sense, and in our standards for thinking. Much of the pattern-making process is inarti
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B.Cough
Mar 19, 2016 B.Cough rated it really liked it
Meek communicates in as simple of terms as possible a relatively new perspective on the subject of Epistemology, or "How do we know what we know?" With plentiful analogies and real world examples, she argues that certainty is a false promise that does not deliver in this life, and that our goal in knowing truth should not be certainty but confidence (though I prefer the word "conviction").

Dense at parts, as any work on such a deep subject that delves into the heart of core human experience and n
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JR Snow
Mar 23, 2016 JR Snow rated it really liked it
A very unique and needed book in the realm of Christian Philosophy. The only other school of philosophers that I know of that take Philosophical questions normally only dealt with by secular philosophers are Plantinga/Wolterstorff & Co. I for one have a burning and mostly unmet need for resources of Christian Philosophers answering philosophical questions (such as epistemological ones) normally only dealt with by secular thinkers. Meek dos a masterful job at clearly answering the questions–h ...more
Mark Robert
Mar 25, 2014 Mark Robert rated it it was amazing
A highly instructive and creative book on epistemolgy that moves you beyond the Enlightenment quest for certainty.
Eric Sauder
Mar 24, 2014 Eric Sauder rated it really liked it
Very helpful.
Ted Newell
Dec 19, 2012 Ted Newell rated it it was amazing
Brilliant but easy to digest philosophy of knowing. How you know what you know, or, more exactly, how you come to know what you know. Meek's best illustration is the Magic Eye puzzle, for one sample of her simplifying clarifying genius. I once had students read it weekly chapter by chapter -- that proved to be too slow a way -- but at least one student thought it was so insightful he bought copies for friends and family members.
Bill Mech
Jul 30, 2011 Bill Mech rated it it was amazing
Epistemology 101 told via stories about auto mechanics and laying out for frisbees. Very helpful.
Darwin
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A thoughtful and engaging read.
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