Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature and means of human knowledge. The field lays out the rules and principles to guide the formation of concepts, the construction of logic, and generally how to gain knowledge and show its validity. Objectivism holds that metaphysics and epistemology combined are the theoretical base of any philosophy.
There is a little more context needed than metaphysics to fully confront the issues in epistemology. We must first discuss 2 topics that make the field of epistemology possible: sense-perception and volition (free will). I’ll also cover the axiomatic concept of “self” at the end of this series, as I think it’s a subject that needs to be discussed for a complete understanding of Objectivism.
Now we can begin with the role and validity of human sensory-perception.