- a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.
Origin of epistemology
Examples from the Web for epistemology
Moral philosophy was the center of his teaching, and epistemology was only instrumental.The Enchiridion
Epistemology, or theory of knowledge, did not begin in modern times.History of Modern Philosophy
Alfred William Benn
Except in extreme pathological cases (and in epistemology), complete skepticism and aboulia do not occur.Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
For what else do we study Sanscrit or medieval history or epistemology?
But the doctrine can be met from the standpoint of epistemology itself.Social Value
B. M. Anderson
- the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope
Word Origin and History for epistemology
"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.
The branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and origin of knowledge. Epistemology asks the question “How do we know what we know?”