The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 16) – Epistemology, Abuse of Language & Heresy

Ankidroid additions related to Science, History and Philosophy. More information about Anki can be found in this article.


I heard the words Epistemology or Epistemic discussed in Intellectual debates and philosopher discussions, but I didn’t inculcate their meaning. The image above goes a long way towards enabling a better grasp of its inclusivity. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. Epistemologists study the nature, origin, and scope of knowledge, epistemic justification, the rationality of belief, and various related issues. Epistemology is considered a major subfield of philosophy, along with other major subfields such as ethics, logic, and metaphysics.

One could suggest that epistemologically there has been a stark move away from objectivism and behaviourism in education towards subjectivism and a synthetic philosophy which will be expanded in the vocabulary entry below.

The Abuse of Language

I heard the concept ‘The abuse of language‘ in an interview with James Lindsay, but I am unable to locate it at the moment. I did take the following notes from it:
The concept of ‘abuse of language‘ is related to a hyper reality and super syncretic future where people prefer to live in the hyper-real world (pseudo reality) as opposed to the pre-digital anlogue one. We are creating a synthetic philosophy and moving to a way of living out of deconstruction by banging the thesis and antithesis together.
Josef Pieper, a German Catholic Philosopher wrote an essay ‘Abuse of Language – Abuse of Power‘ (see image above) about synthetic discourses creating counter-hegemonies; a fake concensus which everyone will be compelled to hold up. Where true communication stops and propaganda begins the moment that words are chosen to influence people rather than to accurately represent reality. For example, ‘If you don’t believe us, you must be a racist’.


A belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious doctrine (especially Christian). Heresy is mainly derived from the Inquisition which started in the 12th century Kingdom of France. A group of institutions in the Catholic Church whose aim was to combat heresy, by conducting trials of suspected heretics.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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