LANGARA COLLEGE Philosophy 1101: Introduction to Philosophy Quiz #1 TIME: 30 minutes [Total: 12 marks] 1.Describe briefly what Locke means by “innate principles”. (Give the basic idea in your own words, not a direct quotation.) Innate principles are beliefs or knowledge that are somehow built into the mind’s architecture. I.e. we are born with them. [3 marks]2.In his discussion of innate principles, Locke refers to “children and idiots”. Briefly summarise Locke’s argument here, being sure to give the conclusion. Locke assumes that innate knowledge must be universal, i.e. everyone has it. But, he notes, children and “idiots” do not believe that every event has a cause, etc. Hence such beliefs aren’t universal, and so they are not innate.
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