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Theory of Knowledge
A brief discussion and reflection on the theories of empiricism and rationalism.
# 119822 | 896 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 26, 2010 in Philosophy (Epistemology)

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The writer discusses two theories of knowledge, specifically, empiricism and rationalism, and relates why he understands rationalism more than empiricism. Despite his reservations about empiricism, the writer asserts that both theories may lead the way for future philosophers to produce new theories on knowledge.

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"Epistemology attempts to answer the "know of things. What is it to know, if I know, how much do I know. There are many different theories of knowledge, such as empiricism and rationalism. Empiricism is the view that we experience knowledge through our senses (Palmer, p. 66). An example of this would be Descartes wax melting experience (Palmer, p. 66-67), which I will discuss in the next paragraph. Rationalism "is that true knowledge is derived from pure reason" (Palmer, p. 444). Contrast from empiricism, rationalism is the "theory that significant knowledge of the world can best be achieved by a prior means." ("

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Descartes: A New Approach.
  • Palmer, Donald. Does The Center Hold? An Introduction to Western Philosophy. 3rd edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill Company, 2002

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