epis·​te·​mol·​o·​gy | \ i-ˌpi-stə-ˈmä-lə-jē How to pronounce epistemology (audio) \

Definition of epistemology

: the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity

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Other Words from epistemology

epistemologist \ i-​ˌpi-​stə-​ˈmä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce epistemology (audio) \ noun

Examples of epistemology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For all her meditations on epistemology, Sophie reveals little about her day-to-day life. Becca Rothfeld, The New Republic, "The Fiercely Despairing Fiction of Susan Taubes," 16 Oct. 2020 The Romanian director, whose wry fictional films are centered on language and epistemology, turns the camera on his own extended discussions with a longtime acquaintance, a low-level bureaucrat with idiosyncratic ideas about the rules of soccer. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Sixty-two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking," 14 Oct. 2020 Of course, people may also be weak-willed about starting to read about metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A new book for ‘those who don’t want millions, but an answer to their questions’," 20 Nov. 2019 Aristotelian logic and epistemology meet their match in the Indian Nyāya school, and his ethical teachings have often been compared to those of the Confucians. Peter Adamson, The New York Review of Books, "What Was Philosophy?," 17 June 2019 This point is obvious for certain aptitudes, as the field of feminist epistemology in philosophy has emphasized. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 Temporalities, ontologies, and epistemologies are discussed. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the information gods, play at epistemology. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Silicon Valley 'Has No Words'," 4 Apr. 2018 Yet if authenticity and consistency are among Spayd’s virtues, her vices include obtuse logic, shoddy epistemology, and the sort of common-sense conventionalism that a public editor ought to be challenging rather than championing. Will Oremus, Slate Magazine, "How Liz Spayd is squandering the most important watchdog job in journalism.," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of epistemology

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epistemology

Greek epistēmē knowledge, from epistanai to understand, know, from epi- + histanai to cause to stand — more at stand

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The first known use of epistemology was circa 1856

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“Epistemology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epistemology. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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