Definition of epistemic in English:



  • Relating to knowledge or to the degree of its validation.

    ‘Indeed, many such philosophers are not concerned with the analysis of any ordinary concept of knowledge or of epistemic justification.’
    • ‘This allows them to accord individuals a degree of epistemic privilege with respect to their own inner goings-on.’
    • ‘On one kind of interpretation, Descartes relaxes his epistemic standards in the Sixth Meditation.’
    • ‘It is perfectly possible to accept moral relativism while rejecting epistemic relativism - relativism about truth.’
    • ‘This is because it remains possible that evaluative epistemic facts supervene on naturalistic ones.’
    • ‘In these contexts, my beliefs fail to meet the epistemic standard and therefore fail to count as knowledge.’
    • ‘Skeptics note that in the epistemic context it is inappropriate to grant anyone knowledge.’
    • ‘But such seems to be our epistemic predicament where space is concerned.’
    • ‘Some Pascalians propose combining pragmatic and epistemic factors in a two-stage process.’
    • ‘Now, S was not taking an ontological stance, it seems, but rather an epistemic one.’
    • ‘Nanda locates a number of sources of epistemic charity or nihilism.’
    • ‘There is a further reason why Russell's epistemic approach is unacceptable.’
    • ‘Again, the goal is metaphysical austerity and faithfulness to our epistemic position.’
    • ‘This attitude would seem to lead to a kind of epistemic paralysis.’
    • ‘We alone can be wracked with doubt, and we alone have been provoked by that epistemic itch to seek a remedy: better truth-seeking methods.’
    • ‘Let us begin with the first type of thrust, i.e., attempts to debunk the epistemic authority of science.’
    • ‘For example, Ernest Sosa has argued that justified belief is belief that is grounded in epistemic virtue.’
    • ‘However, my self-interest is tempered by a sense of epistemic value, namely the value of evidence-based public policy.’
    • ‘We can create metaphysical arguments as to their truth or falsity either way, but in everyday epistemic terms cannot help but believe them.’
    • ‘They are both sources of value in themselves, and sometimes constitute epistemic avenues to value.’



/ˌepəˈstēmik/ /ˌɛpəˈstimɪk/ /ˌepəˈstemik/ /ˌɛpəˈstɛmɪk/


Early 19th century from Greek epistēmē ‘knowledge’ (see epistemology) + -ic.