Plato and Empedocles on Knowledge

Philosophy / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
After contrasting the views of both thinkers, this paper presents another theory of knowledge, one that says experience, senses and innate & adventitious ideas are all factors which allow us to understand and gain insight on things.

“Knowledge for us today is an awareness or understanding of something or someone; it is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association. The theory of knowledge is a topic quite important in our modern thoughts of philosophy. Philosophers such as Plato hold a view that knowledge comes from within us and not from the senses, and Empedocles felt that knowledge was conveyed to human mind primarily by sensation. After contrasting both their points of views I would like to go into my own theory of knowledge, one that says experience, senses and innate & adventitious ideas are all factors which allow us to understand and gain insight on things.”


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