Knowledge is a Tree: Which metaphors underlie your understanding of your discipline? | tomaswhiteucl

The “tree of knowledge” from Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie, 1751


Following the exhilarating experience of participating in the 4th Cambridge Symposium on Knowledge in Education, I have been forced to have a bit of a rethink about focusing my thesis. I am now considering the possibility of investigating the ways in which the use of metaphor affects people’s understanding of their subject disciplines.

The initial idea came from a fascinating presentation by Chris Corbel, of the University of Melbourne, to do with the relation of language to the mechanics of Basil…

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