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The Meaning of Episteme

Recently, I was asked about the origin of this blog, and, more specifically, what the word Episteme means.

You'll hear "Episteme" most often in the context of philosophy - one of the three core domains of philosophy is Epistemology, which is the study of knowledge. In that context, when we talk of "episteme", we're discussing knowledge.

But what is more interesting is the ancient meaning of episteme - Socrates used the word to describe not only knowledge but wisdom.

Additionally, the word carries a third meaning - my wife (who is Greek) informs me that, in modern greek, the word is used to describe belief.

I have always loved the ability of a word to carry so many interrelated meanings. When you think about it, can you be aware of the subtle interplay between knowledge, belief and wisdom?

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