epistemologist

epistemology

[ih-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee]
noun
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

Origin:
1855–60; < Greek epistḗm(ē) knowledge + -o- + -logy

epistemological [ih-pis-tuh-muh-loj-i-kuhl] , adjective
epistemologist, noun
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epistemology (ɪˌpɪstɪˈmɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope
 
[C19: from Greek epistēmē knowledge]
 
episte'mologist
 
n

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epistemology
"theory of knowledge," 1856, coined by Scot. philosopher James F. Ferrier (1808-64) from Gk. episteme "knowledge," from Ionic Gk. epistasthai "know how to do, understand," lit. "overstand," from epi- "over, near" + histasthai "to stand." The scientific (as opposed to philosophical) study of the roots
and paths of knowledge is epistemics (1969).
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epistemology [(i-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee)]

The branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and origin of knowledge. Epistemology asks the question “How do we know what we know?”

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