An example of epistemology is a thesis paper on the source of knowledge.
Origin of epistemologyfrom Classical Greek epist?m?, 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).