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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

See also


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Volume 3, 1967, Macmillan, Inc.
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2007