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Epistemophilia is the love of knowledge, the pleasure taking in knowing.
Learning theory view
It may also be viewed as the result of a long process of conditioning, where schoalastic ability and interest have been rewarded over time and the reinforcement has lead to positive feelings, thoughts and behaviors being developed and maintained around the pursuit of knowledge.
- Rycroft, C. (1995). Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis. London:Penguin