One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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.
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