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Rationalism Vs. Empiricism


andrew showers

on 18 January 2013

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Transcript of Rationalism Vs. Empiricism

"You may THINK you know" What Is Empiricism ? Why is Robin an Empiricist? Empiricism is a theory that contemplates how the mind acquires its knowledge. Empiricists believe that the mind is a “blank slate” in the beginning and it should be seen as only potential. This theory supports the idea that there is no innate knowledge of the world or how to perceive it. Empiricists also believe that there is no evidence for anything that our senses can not comprehend. Rationalism Vs. Empiricism Empiricism Rationalism Why is Will Rational? What Is Rationalism Uses reason to arrive at rational decisions In the past, Philosophers such as David Hume (supporting empiricism) and René Descartes (supporting rationalism) have created segregation between the two epistemological theories of rationalism and empiricism. Is one theory more sound than the other? Is there any a balance between the two? Balance Viewing Rationalism and Empiricism as contradictory theories is a counterproductive way of understanding epistemology. The seemingly oppositional theories have caused many philosophers to gravitate towards one or the other. Imposing these boundaries between the two theories has caused many thinkers to neglect the truths found in both views, making both ideas flawed in their own way. Only by combining aspects of both theories will we be able to better understand where our knowledge comes from Assumption Earlier in this film, Matt Damon’s character inspects a painting by Robin Williams’s character. Simply by analysing each brush stroke, Will is able to all of the emotions. Through this series of deductions, Will is able to piece together all of the internal emotions that Sean was feeling as he painted the piece. Use of reason, Will can understand Sean’s emotions via a secondary source. Will is a rationalist because he has gathered his knowledge using reason rather that experiences. Will has made assumptions about the world through studies but has never left the country. Rationalism is an epistemological theory explaining the origins of knowledge. Rationalists believe that humans are born with the INNATE ability to reason. Reason allows people to make sense of their observations of the world and in turn make assumptions. Robin is an empiricist because he claims that the only way to gain knowledge is from first hand experiences. He holds that it is impossible to understand emotions like love, great sadness, and great beauty through secondary sources. Experience is a necessity to truly understanding something Relevance to me
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