Epistemology is a major branch of philosophy and is concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge . The epistemology of Wikipedia has been a subject of interest from the earliest days of its existence. Citation needed ]

Early analysis of the epistemology of Wikipedia to social epistemology . Other realms of epistemological research; Epistemology of testimony , and epistemic value have been addressed with reference to Wikipedia. [1] : 6

More recent analysis suggests that the epistemology of Wikipedia derives from the combined epistemic values ​​of wikis and of encyclopedias. Jankowski [2] cites Ruth and Houghton [3] who define the epistemic values ​​of wikis as:

  • self-identification
  • collaboration
  • co-construction
  • cooperation
  • Trust in the community
  • constructionism

Jankowski suggests that the determination of the epistemic values ​​of encyclopedias is more problematic requiring genre analysis. [2] This analysis revealed that encyclopedias value:

  • utility
  • Systematic organization
  • authority
  • Trust in experts
  • consistency

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  • power
  • speed
  • fecundity


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Fallis, Don (2008). “Toward an Epistemology of Wikipedia”. Social Science Research Network . SSRN  1263781  .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Jankowski, Steve (2013). Wikipedia and encylopaedism: A gender analysis of epistemological values (PDF) ( MA ). See also blog post and comments , 27 May 2013.
  3. Jump up^ Ruth, Alison L .; Houghton, Luke (2009). “The wiki way of learning” . Australasian Journal of Educational Technology . 25 (2): 135-152. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22.

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