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The study of knowledge and rules of evidence involved. Traditionally a branch of philosophy, it also describes a discipline incorporated in, and in some respects peculiar to, individual fields of scholarship (medicine, science, history, etc.).


The theory, study of, and basis for knowledge; that which investigates the origin, nature, methods, validity and limits of human knowledge.

epistemology (·pisˈ·t·mäˑ·l·jē),

n that branch of philosophy that scrutinizes the nature, foundations, and limits of knowledge.
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If this is right, then it suggests that our relationship to the world is always going to be epistemologically chaotic because we will never be able to fully disentangle those matted skeins of knowing and not-knowing.
In fact, these figures are epistemologically mobilized, distinct, meaningful, and function within a postcolonial narrative of resistance.
So the philosophy of religion, as epistemologically addicted, uses the Logos for almost exclusively epistemological purposes.
This is only a convenient expression to describe what, epistemologically, must remain assumptions, biases, and prejudices (as I shall explain next).
Andrew Escobedo in "'Unlucky Deeds' and the Shame of Othello" applies the notion of culpable ignorance to Othello: he is at fault for his false beliefs about Desdemona, not merely misled--he is epistemologically negligent (as in his reaction to the handkerchief, which is by no means the "ocular proof" he earlier demands).
Further, while both Powell and Scorsese's work manifests an auto-referential interest in various forms of art and its production, that of Powell, although not lacking in reflexive elements, which obtain a late, elaborated foregrounding in Peeping Tom (Powell, 1960), largely persists, formally and epistemologically, within an at times baroque, melodramatic vernacular that effectively forecloses the very consideration of the material contingency of representation and meaning that the consistently reflexive, modernist filmmaking of Scorsese implicitly invites.
Brown goes far beyond literary biography, or indeed the 'text' of Child's life, though, to present a contextualized account of his international circle; 'a virtual community; epistemologically constituted', 'a kind of social authorship' (p.
Thus, seen through Bennett's perspective, Camus's plays and philosophies do not just "present the world as absurd," but importantly tell us that we must retain the power to contemplate such terrible contradictions so that we remain epistemologically and practically "better equipped.
John in effect "show[s] us one way consciously held and chosen beliefs need be neither hypocritical nor epistemologically incoherent" (p.
We can examine this issue with a critical eye and come to these conclusions of reason, but the problem remains that the perceived inferiority of homosexual and bisexual individuals tends to be a position of the epistemologically theistic.
In my own experience as a reader, I take pleasure in the delightful interplay among the three epistemologically different levels: the narrator's statements, which are facts in the fictional world; the characters' judgments, which are merely opinions; and the statements that may or may not be FID, which can be read as either facts or opinions.
Practitioners, despite varied approaches to their subjects, purposed to transform American Studies as a field through epistemologically self-reflexive criticism designed to advance "a struggle for cultural justice" (Pease, "9/11: When Was 'American Studies After the New Americanists'?