Meaning of epistemology in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˌpɪstəˈmɒlədʒi/

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mass nounPhilosophy
  • The theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.

    ‘he grappled with metaphysics and epistemology in his writings and sermons’
    • ‘The turn from epistemology to ontology was taken before Heidegger by Nicolai Hartmann.’
    • ‘The authentic scientific ring of Russell's logic echoed in his epistemology of natural knowledge, Quine wrote.’
    • ‘In Britain, John Locke reacted against the innatism of Cartesian epistemology, but retained a theory of ideas.’
    • ‘In modern epistemology, or theory of knowledge, certain assumptions are common.’
    • ‘From the philosophical point of view, what this teaching does is to shift the focus of investigation from ontology to epistemology.’
    • ‘He interprets the Critique of Pure Reason not as epistemology but as ontology.’
    • ‘This is a crucial element in contextualist epistemology, not a criticism of it.’
    • ‘A compartmentalized thinker who indulges in epistemology can destroy his knowledge, yet retain it as well.’
    • ‘You might say that this is the metaphysical residue not soaked up by Kantian epistemology.’
    • ‘These are matters of what philosophers call epistemology, the study of knowledge.’
    • ‘For Berlin, the philosophy of history was tied not only to epistemology, but to ethics.’
    • ‘They work not just in philosophy of religion but in epistemology and metaphysics.’
    • ‘These include matters of epistemology, ontology, semantics, and logic.’
    • ‘Yet defending praise and blame is not simply a matter of moral ontology and epistemology.’
    • ‘Nietzsche never worked out his own epistemology in detail, nor is there any reason to think that he would have particularly wanted to.’
    • ‘It includes a number of books and articles that have nothing to do with epistemology and metaphysics.’
    • ‘This position is far removed from Parmenidean metaphysics and epistemology.’
    • ‘Crathorn had to face up to the skeptical consequences of this odd epistemology.’
    • ‘In addition, before I can figure out ethics for sure, I need to decide which epistemology I'm going to use.’
    • ‘Each can be seen as drawing an analogy with one or more strands of Marxist epistemology.’


Mid 19th century from Greek epistēmē ‘knowledge’, from epistasthai ‘know, know how to do’.