Ontology and epistemology are two interrelated fields of philosophy and focuses on the nature and knowledge of reality. While ontology is a philosophical study of the nature of reality, epistemology is the study of knowledge and how to get to that knowledge. The two philosophical ideologies are, in most cases, used interchangeably in an attempt to reveal the nature and knowledge about certain issues that exist within the society. Although the authors in the two articles employ different theoretical perspectives in attempt familiarize the audience on the major issue being discussed in their analysis, they concur in the concept of evaluating issues affecting people and the society in an epistemological perspective (Bacchi, 2012). For instance, in the first article, the concept of problematizations is presented as a way of evaluating how politics can be made clear to everyone. In the post-structural period, the ideologies behind problematizations need to be treated as the thoughts that tend to constitute people’s conditions. This can be termed as an epistemology philosophical perspective of political reality. In the second article on how feminist data would look like. The author employs a feminist perspective to evaluate the reality in people’s mind about the existence and nature of feminism within society (D’Ignazio, 2015). The author articulate that the inevitable dilemma of information so does visual imagery, generalizability and ranking. Unless humans understand and acknowledge the power of ethnic identity and establish those visual languages, knowledge discovery must be recognized as yet another strong and faulty symbol of oppression (D’Ignazio, 2015). This is another application epistemology philosophy to demonstrate the knowledge of feminist understanding and how to reach it.
Bacchi, C. (2012). Why study problematizations? Making politics visible. Open journal of political science, 2(01), 1.