Epistemology / Digital Epistemology

The term epistemology originates in the Greek words episteme (science) and logos (studies) and means the studies of scientific knowledge. It was characterised by the metaphysician James Frederick Ferrier. The concept of epistemology is the part of philosophy which entails the critical study of the basic concepts, methods, practices, theories and findings of various sciences. According to Pierre Sagaut from the Pierre and Marie Curie University, French and English interpretations are slightly different. The English interpretation defines epistemology as a general theory of the human knowledge, which “[…] discusses the nature, value and limits of human knowledge […]”, whereas the French interpretation defines it as the study of the scientific theories. (Sagaut, Pierre, 2009) The conceptdigital epistemology describes the construction of relations between different cultural artefacts with other structures. The exploration of this concept can be used as part of the Digital Humanities, which does not necessarily concern digitalisation-processes like the scanning of texts, etc.


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