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What is epistemology?

    Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature, scope, and limits of knowledge. It explores questions such as “What can we know?”, “How do we acquire knowledge?”, and “What counts as evidence or justification for a belief?”. Epistemologists seek to understand the nature and sources of knowledge, as well as the methods used to validate or justify knowledge claims.

    Epistemology examines various theories and perspectives on knowledge, such as rationalism (knowledge through reason), empiricism (knowledge through sensory experience), and skepticism (doubt about the possibility of knowledge). It also investigates different forms of knowledge, including propositional knowledge (knowledge that something is true), practical knowledge (knowledge of how to do something), and personal knowledge (knowledge based on individual experience).

    Epistemological theories often consider questions of certainty and skepticism, the role of perception and reason in acquiring knowledge, the influence of language and culture on knowledge, and the nature of belief and justification. By exploring these questions, epistemology seeks to clarify the nature and criteria for knowledge, and understand the boundaries and limitations of human knowledge.


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