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 epistemology (audio) \ noun

Examples of epistemology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Private lessons include deep dives into ancient philosophy, art and architecture, and the epistemology of the Greek language. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 23 May 2021 The Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards grappled with metaphysics and epistemology in his writings and sermons. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2021 For all her meditations on epistemology, Sophie reveals little about her day-to-day life. Becca Rothfeld, The New Republic, 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, 14 Oct. 2020 Of course, people may also be weak-willed about starting to read about metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 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, 17 June 2019 This point is obvious for certain aptitudes, as the field of feminist epistemology in philosophy has emphasized. WSJ, 22 Nov. 2018 Temporalities, ontologies, and epistemologies are discussed. Nate Berg, Curbed, 7 Nov. 2018

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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 16 Jun. 2021.

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