epistemology


epistemology
epistemology "theory of knowledge," 1856, coined by Scottish philosopher James F. Ferrier (1808-1864) from Gk. episteme "knowledge," from Ionic Gk. epistasthai "know how to do, understand," lit. "overstand," from epi "over, near" (see EPI- (Cf. epi-)) + histasthai "to stand," (see HISTO- (Cf. 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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  • Epistemology — • That branch of philosophy which is concerned with the value of human knowledge Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Epistemology     Epistemology      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • epistemology —    Epistemology is the study of the nature of knowledge, epistemic justification and rational belief. Traditionally knowledge has been defined as justified true belief , but this definition has been sharply disputed in recent decades. Among the… …   Christian Philosophy

  • epistemology — e*pis te*mol o*gy, n. [Gr. ? knowledge + logy.] The theory or science of the method or grounds of knowledge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epistemology — ► NOUN ▪ the branch of philosophy that deals with knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. DERIVATIVES epistemic adjective epistemological adjective epistemologist noun. ORIGIN from Greek epist m knowledge …   English terms dictionary

  • epistemology — [ē pis΄tə mäl′ə jē, ipis΄tə mäl′ə jē] n. pl. epistemologies [< Gr epistēmē, knowledge < epistanai, to understand, believe (< epi + histanai, orig., to stand before, confront: see STAND) + LOGY] the study or theory of the nature, sources …   English World dictionary

  • epistemology — epistemological /i pis teuh meuh loj i keuhl/, adj. epistemologically, adv. epistemologist, n. /i pis teuh mol euh jee/, n. a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge. [1855 60; < Gk… …   Universalium

  • epistemology — The philosophical theory of knowledge of how we know what we know. Epistemology is generally characterized by a division between two competing schools of thought: rationalism and empiricism . Both traditions of thought received their most… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • epistemology — noun /ɪˌpɪstəˈmɑlədʒi/ a) 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… …   Wiktionary

  • epistemology — (Gk., epistēmē, knowledge) The theory of knowledge. Its central questions include the origin of knowledge; the place of experience in generating knowledge, and the place of reason in doing so; the relationship between knowledge and certainty, and …   Philosophy dictionary


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