Rationalism vs. Empiricism

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a great article explaining the basics of the rationalism – empiricism debate. It covers Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, and some contemporary thinkers. Kant is mentioned but not really discussed.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rationalism-empiricism/

My position is closer to the empiricism side of things, if we go by the terminology of this article. I don’t think we gain any knowledge solely on the basis of deduction from a priori intuitions, although I think deduction plays an important role in knowledge, and I don’t think we have any innate knowledge or innate concepts.

Of course, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to establish this position, and I’m not going to attempt that here.

 

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3 thoughts on “Rationalism vs. Empiricism

  1. Derrick

    Hey Occam, Derrick here, just dropping in to say hello! You should make a blog post about some of your perspectives on Post Modernism and other anti-modernist philosophies such as Existentialism. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Derrick

    Hey Occam, Derrick here, just dropping in to say hello! You should make a blog post about some of your perspectives on Post Modernism and other anti-modernist philosophies such as Existentialism. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. William Post author

      Hi, Derrick. Good idea. I’ll read some stuff about Existentialism to refresh my memory and type something up. If you want to subscribe to my blog via email so that you don’t miss any updates, there’s an option for that on the bottom of the sidebar on the right.

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