Definitions

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  • n. Scientific knowledge; a principled system of understanding; sometimes contrasted with empiricism.
  • n. know-how; compare techne.
  • n. The fundamental body of ideas and collective presuppositions that defines the nature and sets the bounds of what is accepted as true knowledge in a given epistemic epoch.

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  • n. the body of ideas that determine the knowledge that is intellectually certain at any particular time

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη (epistēmē, "knowledge"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • How although we think we are original how much are lives and episteme is shaped by those around us and the media.

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  • There is episteme, which is connected with stasis, as mneme is with meno.

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  • That is, irrespective of what may predominate as an "episteme" at a certain civilizational epoch, the human constitution does not fundamentally change until man transits to superman.

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  • The meaning of sumpheron (expedient) I think that you may discover for yourself by the light of the previous examples, - for it is a sister word to episteme, meaning just the motion (pora) of the soul accompanying the world, and things which are done upon this principle are called sumphora or sumpheronta, because they are carried round with the world.

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  • comes from the Greek words "episteme" meaning knowledge and "LOGOS" or discourse and is applied to that part of PHILOSOPHY concerned with issues surrounding the origins and nature of human cognition and knowledge.

    Concise Dictionary of Religion

  • a sister word to episteme, meaning just the motion (pora) of the soul accompanying the world, and things which are done upon this principle are called sumphora or sumpheronta, because they are carried round with the world.

    Cratylus

  • Michel Foucault c. 1975 Introduced concepts such as 'discursive regime', or re-invoked those of older philosophers like 'episteme' and 'geneaology' in order to explain the relationship between meaning, power and social behavior within social orders (see The Order of Things, The

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  • What can be illuminated here is not so much how the worldview was transformed in Ruvu spheres of the Northeast-Coastal Bantu cultural zone — because it in fact appears mostly intact — but rather how its framework was treated discursively at a local level while being deeply rooted in an ancient episteme.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • However, because Ruvu culture's underlying religious episteme assured them that when appropriate measures were taken they stood a fair chance of curtailing the negative effects of spirit forces, they sensibly took preventative measures.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • At the same time, there is indirect evidence for a fourth, proto-South Ruvu. 12 Their breakup created the first avenues through which their inherited Bantu episteme and sociocultural institutions were carried into the interior regions of central-east Tanzania.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

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