(plural epistemes or epistemai)
- (philosophy) Scientific knowledge; a principled system of understanding; sometimes contrasted with empiricism.
- (specifically Ancient Greek philosophy) know-how; compare techne.
- (specifically Foucaultian philosophy) The fundamental body of ideas and collective presuppositions that defines the nature and sets the bounds of what is accepted as true knowledge in a given epistemic epoch.
- Episteme is not pronounced as “eʹpih-steem”.
OriginSee also: epistemé
From Ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη (epistēmē, “knowledge”).