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Epistemology and Metaphysics Through Empiricism We have been introduced to several different philosophers and their ideas about human existence during this semester. Epistemology and metaphysics seem to be two of the most common concerns of most of the philosophers we have discussed though. Epistemology is the investigation or study of knowledge. Metaphysics is reality itself or the question of what is ultimately real and true in our world. Recently we have discussed the ideas of John Locke and George Berkeley. They both were empiricists, but their ideas about epistemology and metaphysics somewhat differ. John Locke was a philosopher from the mid-1600’s to the early 1700’s. He developed his ideas about empiricism through studying the senses and innate ideas. He believed truth and reality is not developed through our innate ideas and the human mind was similar to a blank slate or tabula rasa. Truth, in Locke’s perspective, is objective, but unchanging because it is our understanding that changes. He also believed that all ideas come from our senses. He called this sense data. Locke’s Theory of Perception describes his views and ideas about
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