These are the principles that guide the way we at SIFK think about knowledge.

1. The study of knowledge is the study of historical claims to knowledge

2. All knowledge forms are embedded in a specific context, and are shaped by that context

3. Knowledge is processual, not static

4. Knowledge occurs in response to particular questions.  Unasked questions have produced silence, not knowledge.

5. Knowledge at any given time is exactly equal to what people think is true. As such, sub-knowledges, unauthoritative knowledges, and disputed knowledges can all exist simultaneously inasmuch as “people” is a plural concept.