Harsh Jain

Professor Will

ENG 120 – 2/21/19

How does your Positionality Bias your Epistemology?

I find it kind of ironic that everything we see, (<<< too casual) execute and do is not anything new or otherwise unique but rather a determinant of our own view and feelings of the situation. Personality (change to positionality) refers to the individual’s social and political setting which forms your identity in regard to race, gender, class, sexuality and ability status. Ideally, personality is how your identity controls and potentially prejudice our understanding of and outlook at words.



Takacs insists on the significance of knowing our very own personality as well as those of others. One of the outstanding (wrong grammer)importance about this is to encourage embracing of multiculturism among people from diverse culture (for example, in a classroom). In his work, he observes that when, for instance, students are let to express their perception on the fact that speaking English as a second language is a deficit, might bring out aspects that even their native speakers may not have learned in their entire life. (ADD MLA CITATION)  This individualizing of knowledge brings a better common understanding rather than coping up with the difference. Understanding how positionality affects epistemology is empowering because one realizes that they have a unique claim or take about the subject which no one can refute, and when we listen to each other, we recognize the uniqueness which may pose doubts on correctness of our own position as it may come out that our view is limited by our very own experiences. (ADD CITATION) Becoming aware of this make us interact with others and realize that our own personality makes us view the world in a skewed manner. Through giving others an ear, one gets to realize our thinking is constrained by our identity and experiences.

Knowledge cannot come while one intervenes, rather, it comes about as a construction of the mingling between an individual and the world. By examining our very own knowledge shaping processes, one is likely to adopt a habit of skepticism (apathy and cynicism) such as questioning our fidelity to knowledge sources including ourselves. Since positionality is a product of our own experiences, no one person has privilege over the other, every view stands and each person can be empowered to speak out. Each person can assess their empowerment and disempowerment, whether it holds or not and no judgment is leveled against them. This interaction helps better our understanding of each other and disowning the biased view of the world. (COMBINE WITH BODY 1 there is no new content in this para)

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