Evaluating Aristotle


John Locke

John Locke is in support of Aristotle.

He argued that it is impossible for humans to come into the world with pre-existing concepts imprinted in their minds. Rather, we are born a tabula rasa (clean slate) and it is experience that gives us "the materials of reasons and knowledge".

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Prime Mover

In order to complete his understanding, he seemed to contradict himself by positing a Prime Mover i.e. a being that does not require an efficient cause to exist unlike everything else.

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The Four Causes

The four causes can easily be applied to objects, which seems to suggest that as a way of understanding reality this is common sense. 

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