Trilogy of Knowledge (English)

Trilogy of Knowledge:

The Perfect Balance

By : Yesaya Sandang

In one opportunity, Angki Purbandono was keen on sending me a series of his works entitled Trilogy of Knowledge. It is likely that we take knowledge for granted an inseparable part of humans’ life. Humans use their senses and intelligence to create variety of knowledge for the sake of their existence. When I read such title for the first time, I wondered what kind of a work the title could represent. Yet, once I started analyzing it, I found a wider horizon was revealed.

Out of Degree
Out of Degree

To begin with, I find that Angki tries to group the trilogy out of the three subtitles, which are Master’s Degree, Doctoral Degree, and Out of Degree. Then, it is caught in my analytical appraisal that there are phases from one work to another (if it is to be pulled out from the subtitles). I assume that the Out of Degree phase is beyond the Doctoral Degree.

Here I see ‘out of’ is not something that is not included, but something that is beyond. A peculiar interpretation it might sound. However, perhaps Angki wants to offer his works enthusiasts an idea that knowledge has only been in the category of ‘in of’. While in fact, it appears through his visualization that the ‘out of’ is actually in the perfect balance; it stands on a scales (if it is acceptable to picture it as a scale). Thus, the ‘out of’ has actually goes beyond the ‘in of knowledge’. The perfect balance is actually created in the ‘out of degree’.

Afterward, I find an interesting keyword that can be taken from this work; balance. It is that the truth about ‘knowledge’ has something to do with the perfect balance. The perfect balance does not depend on the whole “body” anymore. What is left are only the head and feet (what could they represent? It is you to decide) that support the balance. This is what clearly shows from visualizing the ‘out of degree’. This is on the contrary with the other two subtitles. There is still a difficulty to reach the balance on master degree level, and though the balance shows on doctoral degree level, it is not the perfect one as the accomplishment still depends on complete attributes (costumes and sticks).

Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree

Furthermore, knowledge through scales visualization can be interpreted as the polarization of the variety of human knowledge which has been challenged. The rational-empirical, rational-irrational, scientific-faith, and etcetera, the list goes on. Well, here it shows once again that the trilogy of knowledge performs a meeting point among all those conflicting parties, by reaching the perfect balance from each of its extreme point. In my opinion, this is a very interesting fact.

In philosophy of knowledge i found that the action of knowing is an inseparable part of human existence system. Knowing is a ‘mode of being’ of the human. Further, Knowledge is searched and improved in order for humans to be able to act properly and efficiently. In this case, knowledge is for the sake of action.

Master's Degree
Master’s Degree

Nevertheless, in their progression, humans should admit their limits. It means that humans could get wrong. This fallibility of human knowledge is what actually demands wisdom. In my opinion, it is fairly relevant that there is a kind of balance point in gaining and keeping knowledge. This is not about taking sides or choosing which one is right, and it is also not that everything is all correct. Yet, this is about balance. Balance means realizing human fallibility and that knowledge is not something monolithic. Therefore, knowledge will not get trapped in certain extremes.

Could this be what Angki means by Trilogy of Knowledge? Or perhaps he does intentionally let us produce the “out of degree” knowledge.


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