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It not only introduces readers to the general epistemological discussion of the nature of knowledge, but also provides key insights into the particular nuances of scientific knowledge.
We also delve into the fundamental nature of matter , energy , space and time , inspiring our insatiable human curiosity to answer large metaphysical questions about why and how .
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What do this phrase nature of knowledge and nature of matter mean? What does nature mean in those phrases. Dictionaries use quality and nature interchangeably but as theses words have multiple meanings so I am unable to apply which meaning fits those sentences. What does "nature of something" mean?
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Sense 2 of "nature" at https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/nature:

The basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it.

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inherent or innate quality

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the set of qualities that makes a person or a thing different from others

(quoted from Miriam Webster)

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JigneshbharatiWhat does "nature of something" mean?

The nature of something is its essential …. Hey, you know what? It means you're a lawyer who has no business talking about science and doesn't know what he's talking about, so you call it the nature of the thing. But an applicable definition is

"The set of inherent characteristics or properties that distinguish something: trying to determine the nature of a newly discovered phenomenon." ( https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=nature )

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Thanks. I am so sorry to ask again but would you please explain how that definition fits the phrase "nature of knowledge"?

I know the meaning of nature in the context of people: kind, generous etc

How can knowledge have nature?

I am really thick!

JigneshbharatiThanks. I am so sorry to ask again but would you please explain how that definition fits the phrase "nature of knowledge"?

The definition is directly substitutable.

the nature of knowledge = the basic or inherent features of knowledge

JigneshbharatiHow can knowledge have nature?

I am as thick as you are. I don't think it can, either. But we usually just let such things slide and suppose that he meant "what knowledge is".

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