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Difference Between Ontology and Epistemology

Ontology vs Epistemology

Sometimes we read or hear about the ontology of something, for instance, a disease condition or a medical illness. Upon hearing this, some individuals would not readily understand what it is referring to since there is no clear definition. Although this word is not only used in the medical field, it somehow has a general form and meaning which will be discussed later on. Furthermore, there are also instances that you may also encounter the word epistemology of a disease condition, which also may or may not be properly understood. Depending on your own perception, you may have different interpretations on what it means. This article will provide a distinction between the two.

First, consider this scenario. Researchers or doctors always study about disease conditions, trends, characteristics, and other pertinent information that could be important to the management and treatment of such diseases. This is the reason doctors are in constant search and perform studies to answer the following questions. What makes a similar disease condition unique in every patient? Why is there no absolute link between diseases that cause similar effects? How does a disease condition affect the overall health of an individual? Is there a relevant connection between the culture, lifestyle, and overall health to the existence of a certain disease condition?

These questions basically refer to the ontology or the epistemology of a certain topic, or in this case, of a disease condition. It would be good to bear in mind that they are both branches of philosophy.

First, let us talk about ontology. What then is ontology? The only thing that we may recognize readily upon encountering this word is the suffix ‘“logy, which means study. Thus, ontology refers to the study of the existence, nature, or being of a certain entity. It answers tthe question ‘what is’¦?’ Basically, it involves the existence and presence of a certain topic, such as, a certain disease condition.

On the other hand, epistemology refers to the body of philosophy that involves with the presence of knowledge. To make this more simple, epistemology indicates that we know about something occurring because of the knowledge that we have about it. It answers the questions that begin in ‘how’ or ‘what’.

If you want to know more these terms, you may consult a professional since this article is intended only to provide basic information on the topics involved.


1. Ontology and epistemology are both branches of philosophy that try to explain the existence of an entity or something.

2. Ontology which indicates the study of how something existed, its nature, or being, usually answers the question ‘what’.

3. Epistemology is often considered as the theory of knowledge, in which we know something exists, and it answers the questions ‘how’ and ‘what’

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  1. In your opening paragraph you propose that there is no clear definition of “ontology”. This is insultingly false; the word, as do most words, and more to the point, ALL words utilized in classically derived western philosophy, has a clear definition, unambiguous albeit subtly nuanced, which is easily accessed by anyone with a third grade education and a passing familiarity with how dictionaries function.

    Your article’s author then seems to propose the argument that if others use words that one does not understand, that one is somehow at liberty to use words inaccurately, justified by sentiment, to mean whatever the fuck one feels, rather than thinks, or ultimately, and most consequentially, what one knows.

    That you claim the implicit mission of your url, yet open this particular page by suggesting that no one really knows what words mean, and thus it is implicitly inconsequential if we all shoot our mouths off without actually knowing not merely what the fuck one is talking about, but what the terminology one utilizes in doing so actually contains as semantic payload, is, to put it weakly, ironic.

    Language is far to important a human achievement to be allowed to regress to the point of “but what I feel when I say that is actually this other thing” points of view being considered valid arguments. That the editorial people, policy, interns or even fucking bots behind this site let’s nonsense of this type slide diminishes everyone, especially those who might come to your site looking for actual answers.

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