01 August 2016

Why Wikis Work

Wikipedia works because objects of knowledge are also objects of interest.  This is to say that the multiplication of truths and distinctions available in a discursive community grows in proportion to the interest held by the community in a subject.  Because what is known in detail is generally cared for to a greater extent, there will tend to be more people willing to spend more time elaborating the various truths of a subject.  And if there is a Question of concern to you, in gener al it is a question which is of concern to a large number of other people, making it more likely to have already been treated by the community of Wikipedia contributors and editors.  This is obvious but also very interesting, because it confirms part of the heideggerian theory of knowledge—part that is widely absent from mainstream modern philosophical accounts of knowledge.