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Epistemology
(1,972 words)

1. Philosophical

1.1. Knowledge and Belief

Epistemology (Gk. epistēmē, “knowledge”) concerns what counts as knowledge and how we acquire it. Formal systems (logic and mathematics) are known a priori, apart from experience. Philosophers disagree as to whether knowledge about the world is a posteriori (derived from experience) or is in some sense also a priori. Most discussion involves knowledge of propositions (expressed in language), although other kinds include tacit knowledge (w…

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Brown, Robert F., Schwartz, Werner and Reichenbach, Bruce R., “Epistemology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E302>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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