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Locke on Innate Knowledge and on Simple Ideas

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 2XX3
Professor
Mark Johnstone
Semester
Winter

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Early Modern II Locke on Innate Knowledge and on Simple IdeasLockes Attack on Innate KnowledgeWe dont need innate knowledge to explain the knowledge we have or the things we are capable of doingAttacks the most influential and widely held arguments for the existence of innate knowledgeArgument from universal consentCertain principles are agreed upon universallyIf a principle is agreed upon universally it must be innateTherefore certain principles are innateLockes ProblemPremise 2 Innatism would only follow if no other explanation for universal acceptance could be provided Premise 1 There are no truths that command universal assent even true things are not assented to by idiots and childrenRebuttalReplyChildren and idiots may accept such principles tacitly What evidence Assent when asked once at a certain age will not be sufficient Children havent reached the age of reasonHow could we distinguish between recovery and discoveryLockes Conclusion Theres no way to positively argue for innate knowledge and every argument from innate knowledge can
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