Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Word of the day: epistemology

The word of the day is epistemology:

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


"One of the central epistemological tenets of anthropology is cultural relativism—understanding other societies from within their own framework."

 - Montgomery McFate, "Anthropology and Counterinsurgency: The Strange Story of their Curious Relationship", March - April 2005 Military Review

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