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epistemology

[ih-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

Origin of epistemology

1855–60; < Greek epistḗm(ē) knowledge + -o- + -logy
Related formse·pis·te·mo·log·i·cal [ih-pis-tuh-muh-loj-i-kuh l] /ɪˌpɪs tə məˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivee·pis·te·mol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epistemologies

epistemology

noun
  1. the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope
Derived Formsepistemologist, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek epistēmē knowledge
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Word Origin and History for epistemologies

epistemology

n.

"theory of knowledge," 1856, coined by Scottish philosopher James F. Ferrier (1808-1864) from Greek episteme "knowledge," from Ionic Greek epistasthai "know how to do, understand," literally "overstand," from epi "over, near" (see epi-) + histasthai "to stand," (see histo-).

The scientific (as opposed to philosophical) study of the roots and paths of knowledge is epistemics (1969). Related: Epistemological; epistemologically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

epistemologies in Culture

epistemology

[(i-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee)]

The branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and origin of knowledge. Epistemology asks the question “How do we know what we know?”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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