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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to epistemology:

Epistemology or theory of knowledge – branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge.[1] The term was introduced into English by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808–1864).[2] Epistemology asks the questions: "What is knowledge?", "How is knowledge acquired?", and "What do people know?"

Core topics of epistemology

Main article: Epistemology

Branches of epistemology

Main article: Epistemology § Schools of thought in epistemology

Epistemological theories


Alphabetical order

History of epistemology

Epistemological concepts

Persons influential in the field of epistemology

See also


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Volume 3, 1967, Macmillan, Inc.
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2007
  3. ^ Goldhaber & Nieto 2010, p. 940
  4. ^ scientific method, Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
  5. ^ The NESS: The Razor in the Toolbox
  6. ^ Baird, Forrest E.; Walter Kaufmann (2008). From Plato to Derrida. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-158591-1.
  7. ^ John Vickers. The Problem of Induction. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  8. ^ Probability theory, Encyclopædia Britannica
  9. ^ Peirce, C. S. (1903), Harvard lectures on pragmatism, Collected Papers v. 5, paragraphs 188–189.