Definition of episteme in English:

episteme

noun

Philosophy
  • Scientific knowledge, a system of understanding; specifically (Foucault's term for) the body of ideas which shape the perception of knowledge in a particular period.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in National Preacher. From ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη knowledge, understanding, skill, scientific knowledge from ἐπιστάναι to know, understand + -μη, suffix forming nouns; the -η- of the second syllable of ἐπιστήμη is probably after nouns such as μνήμη memory, ϕήμη words, speech.

Pronunciation

episteme

/ˌɛpɪˈstiːmi/