epistemology[ē pis′tə mäl′ə jē, i-]
An example of epistemology is a thesis paper on the source of knowledge.
Origin of epistemology; from Classical Greek epistēmē, knowledge ; from epistanai, to understand, believe (; from epi- + histanai, origin, originally , to stand before, confront: see stand) + -logy
Origin of epistemologyGreek epistēmē, knowledge (from epistasthai, epistē-, to understand : epi-, epi- + histasthai, middle voice of histanai, to place, determine; see stā- in Indo-European roots) + –logy.
- (uncountable) The branch of philosophy dealing with the study of knowledge; theory of knowledge, asking such questions as "What is knowledge?", "How is knowledge acquired?", "What do people know?", "How do we know what we know?".
- Some thinkers take the view that, beginning with the work of Descartes, epistemology began to replace metaphysics as the most important area of philosophy.
- (countable) A particular theory of knowledge.
- In his epistemology, Plato maintains that our knowledge of universal concepts is a kind of recollection.
From Ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη (epistēmē, “science, knowledge”), from ἐπίσταμαι (epistamai, “I know”) + -λογία (logia, “discourse”), from λέγω (legō, “I speak”). The term was introduced into English by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864).