Epistemology of Wikipedia
Epistemology is a major branch of philosophy and is concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge. The epistemology of Wikipedia has been a subject of interest from the earliest days of its existence.
Early analysis related the epistemology of Wikipedia to social epistemology. Other realms of epistemological research; epistemology of testimony, and epistemic value theory have been addressed with reference to Wikipedia.:6
More recent analysis suggests that the epistemology of Wikipedia derives from the combined epistemic values of wikis and of encyclopedias. Jankowski cites Ruth and Houghton who define the epistemic values of wikis as:
- trust in the community
Jankowski suggests that determination of the epistemic values of encyclopedias is more problematic requiring genre analysis. This analysis revealed that encyclopedias value:
- systematic organization
- trust in experts
Fallis previously identified the specific epistemic virtues of Wikipedia as
- Fallis, Don (2008). "Toward an Epistemology of Wikipedia". Social Science Research Network. SSRN .
- Jankowski, Steve (2013). Wikipedia and encylopaedism: A genre analysis of epistemological values (PDF) (M.A.). See also blog post and comments, 27 May 2013.
- Ruth, Alison L.; Houghton, Luke (2009). "The wiki way of learning". Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 25 (2): 135–152. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22.