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Epistemology

A philosophical term meaning “theory of knowledge”. Epistemology concerns itself with the analysis of what is meant by the term “knowledge” itself, and with questions about (i) what we can be said to know (the limits and scope of knowledge), (ii) its reliability, and what constitutes justification or warrant for holding a belief and thereby deeming that belief to be “knowledge”. Thus, philosophers may ask: “Is there any difference between knowing and believing something to be the case?” or, “To what extent does the acquisition of knowledge depend upon reason or the senses?”


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