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AGNOIOLOGY (the theory of ignorance). The term was used by J. F. Ferrier (Institutes of Metaphysics, 1854) as a set off to Epistemology (theory of knowledge). The theory was in tended to counter the sceptical contention that Absolute Being may be beyond human knowledge, that the human mind may be condemned to remain ignorant of it. Ferrier's contention is that man cannot be said to be ignorant of what cannot be known; he can only be said to be ignorant when he does not know what can be known. On such lines Ferrier concludes that, since Absolute Being must either be something that we know or something that we are ignorant of, it cannot be subject only or object only but a synthesis of both.