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ɪˌpɪs təˈmɒl ə dʒiepis·te·mol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. epistemologynoun

    the philosophical theory of knowledge


  1. epistemologynoun

    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.

  2. epistemologynoun

    A particular theory of knowledge.

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

  3. Etymology: From ἐπιστήμη, from ἐπίσταμαι + -λογία, from λέγω. The term was introduced into English by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864).


  1. Epistemology

    Epistemology ( (listen); from Ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη (epistḗmē) 'knowledge', and -logy), or the theory of knowledge, is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. Epistemology is considered a major subfield of philosophy, along with other major subfields such as ethics, logic, and metaphysics.Epistemologists study the nature, origin, and scope of knowledge, epistemic justification, the rationality of belief, and various related issues. Debates in epistemology are generally clustered around four core areas: The philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and the conditions required for a belief to constitute knowledge, such as truth and justification Potential sources of knowledge and justified belief, such as perception, reason, memory, and testimony The structure of a body of knowledge or justified belief, including whether all justified beliefs must be derived from justified foundational beliefs or whether justification requires only a coherent set of beliefs Philosophical skepticism, which questions the possibility of knowledge, and related problems, such as whether skepticism poses a threat to our ordinary knowledge claims and whether it is possible to refute skeptical argumentsIn these debates and others, epistemology aims to answer questions such as "What do we know?", "What does it mean to say that we know something?", "What makes justified beliefs justified?", and "How do we know that we know?".


  1. epistemology

    Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge. It explores questions such as "what is knowledge?", "how is knowledge acquired?" and "to what extent is it possible for an individual to know something?". It also covers aspects like belief, truth, justification and skepticism. Essentially, it's the study of knowledge and how we understand and interpret the world around us.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epistemologynoun

    the theory or science of the method or grounds of knowledge

  2. Etymology: [Gr. knowledge + -logy.]


  1. Epistemology

    Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and is also referred to as "theory of knowledge". It questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which any given subject or entity can be known. Much of the debate in this field has focused on analyzing the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification. The term "epistemology" was introduced by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epistemology

    ep-is-tē-mol′oj-i, n. the theory of knowledge.—adj. Epistemolog′ical. [Gr. epistēmē, knowledge, logia, discourse.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of epistemology in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of epistemology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of epistemology in a Sentence

  1. Michael Thais:

    Where there is no contradiction, there is no conflict. see identification, concepts, relativity, epistemology.

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