To get to grips with the basic assumptions which lie behind the epistemologies which create the epistemic divides we have discussed, we need to look at two pictures which vie with each other for supremacy in modern and post-modern epistemology. According to the first picture, we make contact with reality by showing that we know that our fundamental beliefs concerning it are true. According to the ... [Show full abstract] second picture, it is we who determine what is real and unreal. In these pictures, we are seen either as autonomous knowers or as autonomous choosers of the world in which we live. In this paper, I want to show the unsatisfactoriness of these pictures, and to illustrate an alternative which illuminates the notion of our being in the world.