a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

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)
the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope
[C19: from Greek epistēmē knowledge]

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Word Origin & History

"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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Example sentences
The goal of the games is to focus players on epistemology.
This might serve as the motto for all of Emerson's epistemology.
And in the end, the disagreements that give rise to these debates are typically
  grounded about questions of epistemology.
The epistemology of science is based on falsification, not proof.
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