ep·​i·​ste·​mic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈstē-mik How to pronounce epistemic (audio) , -ˈste-mik \

Definition of epistemic

: of or relating to knowledge or knowing : cognitive

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epistemically \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈstē-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce epistemic (audio) , -​ˈste-​mi-​ \ adverb

The Evolution of Epistemic

Epistemic has shifted from the arcane worlds of philosophy, linguistics, and rhetoric to the practical realms of business and marketing; for example, a 2007 Letter to Shareholders from the asset management firm Legg Mason referred to investors who "have a high epistemic threshold and do exhaustive analysis to create near certainty, or at least very high conviction, about their investments." Wherever it is used, epistemic traces back to the knowledge of the Greeks. It comes from epistēmē, Greek for "knowledge." That Greek word is from the verb epistanai, meaning "to know or understand," a word formed from the prefix epi- (meaning "upon" or "attached to") and histanai (meaning "to cause to stand"). The study of the nature and grounds of knowledge is called epistemology, and one who engages in such study is an epistemologist.

Examples of epistemic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such explanations can lead to further epistemic risks, such as narrative fallacy — believing in a story that is simply false — or potentially to overconfidence if, for example, the provided (wrong) explanation reinforces the users’ prior beliefs. Boris Babic, STAT, 23 July 2021 The philosophical term for this is epistemic opacity. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Empathetic curiosity is the desire to learn about another person and epistemic curiosity is the desire to learn more about a particular field or topic with depth and focus. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 20 June 2021 Often seen as an epistemic trespasser, she was used to persevering through skepticism and outright rejection. Megan Molteni, Wired, 13 May 2021 How does a government begin to address an epistemic disconnect of this magnitude? William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2021 Researchers describe this as epistemic curiosity, a need for understanding. Susan Engel, Time, 23 Feb. 2021 Other epistemic trespassers spent their time reinventing the wheel. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 17 Dec. 2020 But more often than not, epistemic trespassing just creates a mess, especially when inexperience couples with overconfidence. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 17 Dec. 2020

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Epistemic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epistemic. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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