Innate Knowledge

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  • Created on: 27-03-14 19:09

Innate Knowledge


  • Plato argued that concepts of numbers are innate as have no sense experience of them - have no knowledge of the number 2, only examples of 'two ness' (two tables) 
  • I don't encounter number in the physical world. Must be innate

   Empiricist Response

  • Acquire concept of numbers by abstraction
  • We abstract knowledge from our encounters of collections - pulling from it the idea of, say, 3, as a copy of the common denominator. 

   Rationalist (Descartes) Response

  • Can form concepts…


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