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Can some clarify the differences between these three.

asked Jul 09 '13 at 23:44

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edited Jul 10 '13 at 00:47

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A good resource with which to begin is The Ayn Rand Lexicon, topics of "Epistemology," "Psychology," and "Psycho-Epistemology." Another very useful resource for basic Objectivist definitions of key terms is the Glossary of Objectivist Definitions, available for purchase from the Ayn Rand Institute eStore (link). In this case (and a great many others), however, the definitions of epistemology and psycho-epistemology given in the Glossary are included in the excerpts that can be found in the Lexicon. (The Glossary does not provide an entry for psychology.) Here is a brief indication of what the three terms in question refer to, but far more precise explanations can be found in the Lexicon and in the original sources that are excerpted in the Lexicon:

  • Epistemology deals (for example) with the nature of concepts, propositions and logic.

  • Psychology deals with emotions, motivation and the subconscious.

  • Psycho-epistemology deals with psychological factors in epistemological issues, especially valid and invalid cognitive methodologies and their underlying motivations.

answered Jul 10 '13 at 15:03

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It would have to illustrate each in the case of a particular example. How they play out in each case. As well, add to the list "cognitive". Its not clear to me as well.

(Jul 11 '13 at 10:10) Bop Bop's gravatar image

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