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02-10-12Lesson

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CRITICISM OF PURE EMPIRICISM
Prior theorizing is required before experienceYou need have a prior model or theory through imagination before you can make sense of something / before observation is actually possibleWhat we know cannot be through pure observationMere observation can alter what you observe because observation can alter behaviourPrior theories can alter perspective
Why people like empiricism
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Everyone born equal
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Understanding of external world
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Gives the ability to distinguish between verifiable ideas and unverifiable ideas--Empiricism is the practical basis for all science
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Theories precede observation
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Have an open mind, be inquisitive etc
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Puts man at the centre of all knowledge
Francis Bacon- we are able to make sense of the worldVacuum- early empirical test
Thing’s aren’t as they seems “The Senses” ‘Meditations
 
We cannot prove there is no malignant demon and we can’t prove there is.
 1640Cartesian methodDissect / split a complex question / issue into its component partsOnce deceived -> method discarded because it could be invalidWe recognise when we are deceived relatively rarely, we are actually deceived much more than wethinkGlobal scepticism = we cant know anything at allMethodological scepticism

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