Philosophy 118 - 7.1 What Epistemology Studies

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe the study of epistemology.
  • Explain how the counterexample method works in conceptual analysis.
  • Explain the difference between a priori and a posteriori knowledge.
  • Categorize knowledge as either propositional, procedural, or by acquaintance.

The word epistemology is derived from the Greek words episteme, meaning “knowledge,” and logos, meaning “explanation” and translated in suffix form (-logia) as “the study of.” Hence, epistemology is the study of knowledge. Epistemology focuses on what knowledge is as well as what types of knowledge there are. Because knowledge is a complex concept, epistemology also includes the study of the possibility of justification, the sources and nature of justification, the sources of beliefs, and the nature of truth.

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