gordon clark

This is a list of Gordon Clark quotes about epistemology. For each quote, there is a link where you can purchase the book where the quote came from.

Epistemology Precedes Metaphysics

From Clark and His Critics, published by the Trinity Foundation (page numbers are from the Apple Books e-book).

In the popular mind, philosophy is often considered as a general theory of the universe. It is expected to say whether the world is material or spiritual or both. Hence the terms materialism, idealism, and dualism come to mind. Discussions of these topics are called metaphysics, and for many philosophers metaphysics has been the fundamental subject. Metaphysics and philosophy have been virtually identified. But before any type of metaphysics can be accepted, another and far more crucial question must be asked and answered. After someone asserts that the universe is nothing but atoms in motion, or that the universe is an Absolute Mind, or even that planets revolve around the Sun, we may properly ask, How do you know? A theory that tries to explain how knowledge is possible is called an epistemological theory. This is where we must begin.

Gordon H. Clark. “Clark and His Critics.” Apple Books. 46-47.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *