Alethiology


Alethiology

Alethiology (or Alethology) literally means 'the study of truth', but can more accurately be translated as 'the study of the nature of truth'. It could be argued that this is synonymous with epistemology, the study of knowledge, and that dividing the two is mere semantics, but there is a distinction between the two. Epistemology is the study of knowledge and its acquisition. Alethiology is specifically concerned with the "nature" of truth, which is only one of the areas studied by epistemologists.

The term 'alethiology' is rare. The ten volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy mentions it only once, in the article 'Lambert, Johann Heinrich (1728-77)':

Part Two of the Neues Organon is the ‘Alethiology or Doctrine of Truth’. Lambert’s key concern here is with the nature and function of the simple concepts that serve as the building blocks for the logical construction of true propositions.' [ Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Version 1.0, London: Routledge]

The Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition describes the discipline as "…an uncommon expression for the doctrine of truth, used by Sir William Hamilton in his philosophic writings when treating of the rules for the discrimination of truth and error." [ [http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Alethiology Entry for Alethiology] in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition]

ee also

*Truth
*Criteria of truth
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