But he does not establish that we lack the concept at

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experience. But he does not establish that we lack the concept at birth (we can’t use it, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have it). In any event, he does not take this possibility seriously. He has no way to meet the (non-Platonic, anti-empiricist) claim that we have the concept wired in at birth, and hence do not have it before birth (or, at any rate, not very much before birth), and then begin to employ it (fumblingly, at first) in our early childhood bouts with sense-perception. [This is rationalism but without ante- natal existence.] His not taking this kind of rationalist position seriously may be due to some features his own view shares with empiricism. Affinities with empiricism : Plato has it that we derive our concept of equality from experience of objects, after all (just as the empiricist does). However, for Plato, the experience is disembodied “experience” of non-physical “objects” of contemplation - the Forms. Affinities with rationalism : Plato, like the classic 17th C. rationalists, maintains that we do not derive our concepts from sense-experience by abstraction.
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