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Definition: the philosophical (as opposed to scientific) study of knowledge



Tips: Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that deals with defining knowledge. It's formed from the Greek words episteme, "knowledge" and logos, "word or speech." Thus, epistemology addresses what can be known. It studies the origin, nature, limits, and validity of human knowledge.

Usage Examples:

When we discuss the scope of knowledge, we participate in epistemology. (philosophical study of knowledge)

The branch of philosophy that tries to address the limits of human knowledge is epistemology. (philosophical study of knowledge)

The professor likes to engage his students in discussions on epistemology to get them to think about what it means to know something. (philosophical study of knowledge)

How much we really know is a question that epistemology is trying to answer. (philosophical study of knowledge)

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