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Decipherment is the analysis of documents, events, lab experiments, body language etc. that a philosopher undertakes to get as close as possible to truth.

Is usually considered the second step in comprehension after cryptanalysis

Because of the fact that the epistemologist doesn't know if the reality that he is examining could be considered truth at first approach, he starts what is called scientific experimentation.

Decipherment is also the analysis of documents written in ancient languages, where the language is unknown, or knowledge of the language has been lost.

It is closely related to cryptanalysis - the difference being that the original document was not deliberately written to be difficult to decipher.

Examples of document decipherment:

Famous documents that have been the subject of actual or attempted decipherment:

Famous decipherers:

See also:

External links for ancient language decipherment: