CLEP Humanities : Understanding Terminology That Describes Nineteenth-Century Nonfiction and Philosophy

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Example Question #2 : Understanding Terminology That Describes Nonfiction And Philosophy

Epistemology refers to the specific philosophical investigation of __________.

Possible Answers:

the problem of human existence

the theory of knowledge

the form of logic

the issue of rationality

the phenomenology of ideas

Correct answer:

the theory of knowledge


Epistemology, which is a specific form of philosophy, is devoted to the nature of thinking itself, or the theory of knowledge. As such, epistemology deals with questions regarding how people know what they know or acquire knowledge. The field is remarkably new in the history of philosophy, only being coined by the Scottish thinker James Frederick Ferrier in the nineteenth century.

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