Theory of Knowledge


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Whilst many philosophers were interested in science and its ability to discover and evolve new ideas, not all of them shared the Rationalist's approach to knowledge. The Rationalist's faith in necessity, reason and innate ideas was attacked by Empiricist philosophers who believed that the main source of knowledge was the senses.

The English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) was not alone in considering that the mind is "white paper, void of all characters, without any ideas". This idea can be traced back to Aristotle, the pupil of the Greek philosopher Plato, who said: "There is nothing in the mind except what was first in the senses."
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