Epistemology. Epistemology (ἐπιστήμη,episteme|knowledge, understanding|| λόγος, logos|study of) is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and is also referred to as "theory of knowledge".
It questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification. The term "epistemology" was introduced by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808–1864). Background and meaning Epistemology, derived from the Greek epistēmē meaning "knowledge" and logos meaning "study of". It translates the German concept Wissenschaftslehre, which was used by Fichte and Bolzano for different projects before it was taken up again by Husserl. J.F.
Ontology. Parmenides was among the first to propose an ontological characterization of the fundamental nature of reality.
Overview Some fundamental questions Principal questions of ontology include: "What can be said to exist? ""Into what categories, if any, can we sort existing things? "" what it is (its 'whatness', quidditas or essence)how it is (its 'howness' or qualitativeness)how much it is (quantitativeness)where it is, its relatedness to other beings Further examples of ontological questions include: Concepts Essential ontological dichotomies include: Types Philosophers can classify ontologies in various ways using criteria such as the degree of abstraction and field of application: History Etymology The first occurrence in English of "ontology" as recorded by the OED (Oxford English Dictionary, online edition, 2008) was a work by Gideon Harvey (1636/7–1702): Archelogia philosophica nova; or, New principles of Philosophy.
Bildungsroman. In literary criticism, a bildungsroman (German pronunciation: [ˈbɪldʊŋs.ʁoˌmaːn]; German: "novel of formation/education/culture"), [a] novel of formation, novel of education, or coming-of-age story (though it may also be known as a subset of the coming-of-age story) is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age), and wherein character change therefore is extremely important.
History The term was coined in 1819 by philologist Karl Morgenstern in his university lectures, and later famously reprised by Wilhelm Dilthey, who legitimized it in 1870 and popularized it in 1905. The genre is further characterized by a number of formal, topical, and thematic features. The term coming-of-age novel is sometimes used interchangeably with bildungsroman, but its use is usually wider and less technical. The genre translates fairly directly into cinematic form, the coming-of-age film.