Some thinkers take the view that, beginning with the work of Descartes, epistemology began to replace metaphysics as the most important area of philosophy.
An example of epistemology is a thesis paper on the source of knowledge.
In his epistemology, Plato maintains that our knowledge of universal concepts is a kind of recollection.
Origin of epistemology
- Greek epistēmē knowledge (from epistasthai epistē- to understand) (epi- epi-) (histasthai) (middle voice of histanai to place, determine stā- in Indo-European roots) –logy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).