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

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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 Philosophers call the study of knowledge epistemology, and this approach to design is entirely epistemological. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why a Toaster Is a Design Triumph," 20 July 2017 At what point did the Circle put a hiring freeze on anyone conversant with epistemology? Lampooning the simple-mindedness of utopian web clichés was arguably part of Mr. Eggers’s point, but much of that point is often muddled in the book. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Circle,’ Click Here if You Think You’re Being Watched," 27 Apr. 2017 And in this tribal epistemology, meaning surged and collapsed in waves of outrage and comedy and irrelevance. Stephen Marche, Esquire, "Why Canada Can't Laugh At America Anymore," 7 Nov. 2016 And because documentary filmmaking has the time and the physicality of reporting built in, the aesthetics of documentary filmmaking are at the very heart of audiovisual epistemology, at the core of journalism, at the center of the era in politics. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Reductive Narrative Tactics of “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”," 13 Sep. 2016

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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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