[ ih-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee ]
/ ɪˌpɪs təˈmɒl ə dʒi /


a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.


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Origin of epistemology

1855–60; < Greek epistḗm(ē) knowledge + -o- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM epistemology

e·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

/ (ɪˌpɪstɪˈmɒlədʒɪ) /


the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope

Derived forms of epistemology

epistemologist, noun

Word Origin for epistemology

C19: from Greek epistēmē knowledge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for epistemologies

[ (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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