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Knowledge of Necessity

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250924.003.0003

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Knowledge of Necessity

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Deals with Locke's attack on, and Leibniz's defence of, the belief in innately possessed knowledge. The debate is made more complex when Leibniz introduces the idea of innate dispositions to have knowledge. While Locke attempts to explain modal knowledge without help from innatism Leibniz attempts to explain it with that help. The debate over innately possessed ideas is hard to get into focus because ‘ideas’ is a blurry term.

Keywords: disposition; innatism; knowledge; Leibniz; Locke; modal

Chapter.  13734 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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