epistemology

noun
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 An alternative conclusion—richer in possibilities, in my opinion—is that scientific thought in recent decades invites us to reject empiricism and to endorse a broader epistemology. WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 While McConaghy presents intelligent perspectives on the wisdom of rewilding, the book goes into deeper questions of epistemology. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 While McConaghy presents intelligent perspectives on the wisdom of rewilding, the book goes into deeper questions of epistemology. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 While McConaghy presents intelligent perspectives on the wisdom of rewilding, the book goes into deeper questions of epistemology. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Descartes, Hume and Kant, tradition says, have rival views of knowledge and reality — epistemology and metaphysics. Dave Anderson, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 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

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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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12 Oct 2021

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“Epistemology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epistemology. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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