Epistemology meaning

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(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.

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The branch of philosophy that examines the nature of knowledge, its presuppositions and foundations, and its extent and validity.
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The study or theory of the nature, sources, and limits of knowledge.
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Epistemology is defined as a branch of philosophy that is defined as the study of knowledge.

An example of epistemology is a thesis paper on the source of knowledge.

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(countable) A particular theory of knowledge.

In his epistemology, Plato maintains that our knowledge of universal concepts is a kind of recollection.

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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).

    From Wiktionary