Epistemology



[ih-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee] /ɪˌpɪs təˈmɒl ə dʒi/

noun
1.
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.
/ɪˌpɪstɪˈmɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope
n.

“theory of knowledge,” 1856, coined by Scottish philosopher James F. Ferrier (1808-1864) from Greek episteme “knowledge,” from Ionic Greek epistasthai “know how to do, understand,” literally “overstand,” from epi “over, near” (see epi-) + histasthai “to stand,” (see histo-).

The scientific (as opposed to philosophical) study of the roots and paths of knowledge is epistemics (1969). Related: Epistemological; epistemologically.
epistemology [(i-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee)]

The branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and origin of knowledge. Epistemology asks the question “How do we know what we know?”

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