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date: 15 December 2018

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This entry discusses principal ways in which knowledge and knowing have been understood within philosophy, science, and social science, with implications for contemporary social work practice. Attention is given to various types of knowledge, its necessary conditions, scope, and sources. It focuses particularly on how practice wisdom remains a key source of knowledge for social work theory and practice, and suggests that greater epistemological clarity could further competent social work practice in an increasingly pluralistic world.

Keywords: propositional knowledge, nonpropositional knowledge, practical knowledge, empirical knowledge, nonempirical knowledge, a priori, a posteriori, objectivism, scientific knowledge, contextual knowledge, postmodern or postmodernist, practice wisdom, evidence-based practice

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