empiricism - Empiricism Empiricists hold that all knowledge...

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Empiricism s Empiricists hold that all knowledge comes through the senses, not through reason. s All knowledge is a posteriori. s Empiricists deny that we are born with innate ideas. s Rather, we are born with minds that are a “blank slate” (Latin: tabula rasa). s The idea that we are born with innate ideas isn’t necessary in explaining our knowledge of the world. http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/robertsm/2-28-06_files/frame.htm
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Hume’s Empiricism - Hume thinks that the mind only has access to 2 things: - Impressions Ex: The experience I’m having right now of the apple I’m currently biting - Ideas Ex: What passes before my mind when I think about an apple Hume thinks the difference between impressions and ideas is only one of degree , or what he calls “vivacity” -Ideas are essentially just weak impressions -Ideas and impressions are essentially the same mental phenomena - Every idea must come originally from some impression
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How do I have ideas about things I’ve never experienced? Have you ever had direct sensory experience of a mountain made of gold, or of a unicorn? Probably not. But you have ideas of these things. How could that be? Do we have any ideas that do not come
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