Empiricism

by Vinutha 2010-02-16 10:13:04

Empiricism is the philosophical concept that experience, which is based on observation and experimentation, is the source of knowledge. According to empiricism, only the information that a person gathers with his or her senses should be used to make decisions, without regard to reason or to either religious or political teachings. Empiricism gained credibility with the rise of experimental science during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and it continues to be studied by many scientists today. Empiricists have included English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704), who asserted that there is no such thing as innate (having at birth) ideas that the mind is born blank and all knowledge is derived from human experience.

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