epistemology [ih-pis-t uh- mol- uh-jee] Word Origin See more synonyms for epistemology on Thesaurus.com a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge. Origin of epistemology 1855–60;
) knowledge + -o- +
-logy Related forms e·pis·te·mo·log·i·cal , [ih-pis-t uh-m uh- loj-i-k uh l] /ɪˌpɪs tə məˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ adjective e·pis·te·mol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epistemologies the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope Derived Forms epistemologist, noun Word Origin
C19: from Greek
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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.
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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?”
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