From ἐπί (epi) + ἵστημι (histēmi)
ἐπιστήμη (genitive ἐπιστήμης) f, first declension; (epistēmē)
- ἐπιστήμη in A Greek-English Lexicon by Liddell & Scott, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940
- 2001, Catriona Hanley, Being and God in Aristotle and Heidegger: The Role of Method in Thinking the Infinite, page 4:
- "Ἐπιστήμη" comes from the composition of "επ-ἰσταμαι", formed from "επἰ", which means "upon"; plus the middle passive "ἵσταμαι", which means "to be set", or "to stand". "Ἐπιστήμη" then is the sort of knowledge that we can build upon, that which we set or stand other knowledge upon.