Finding Reality

Four Ways of Knowing

by Edwin E. Olson PhD & With Glenda H. Eoyang



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/21/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781480812390
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781480812406

About the Book

How do we know something for sure? How do we decide what’s true? In Finding Reality, author Dr. Edwin E. Olson shows how the best answers to these questions emerge from the interaction of four ways of knowing:

Insights: what we imagine based on experience

Authority: what others have taught us based on their beliefs

Empiricism: what others have discovered based on evidence

Praxis: what we learn through our senses

Drawing from a range of human systems dynamics and scientific, psychological, philosophical, and religious sources, this guide discusses how each way of knowing provides a different approach to reality. When the four ways of knowing interact, creative outcomes for personal development and exploration of important issues come to fruition.

Praise for Finding Reality

“This is a wisdom book for twenty-first century seekers of truth and for organizations that need to change. … Here is a book that identifies and honors multiple ways of knowing reality. Using down-to-earth examples, the reader is skillfully and expertly guided through ways of knowing which, when brought to bear on our personal and corporate life situations, results in creative emergence—the surprising solution that is born when intuition, facts, inherited wisdom, and practice converge. I highly recommend this book.”

— Bruce Sanguin, Author of Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos

“Ed Olson has provided a practical and inspiring map to guide inquiry for personal growth and development in uncertain times.”

— Glenda H. Eoyang, Executive Director, Human Systems Dynamics Institute

About the Author

Edwin E. Olson, PhD, earned a master’s degree in pastoral counseling and a PhD in government. He teaches organization behavior at the University of Maryland, University College. Olson is the coauthor of Facilitating Organization Change: Lessons from Complexity Science. His workshops apply complexity theory to science, spirituality, religion, and organizations.