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Rationalism, Empiricism, and the A Priori

Quassim Cassam

in New Essays on the A Priori

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780199241279
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241279.003.0003
 Rationalism, Empiricism, and the A Priori

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Quassim Cassam investigates the relation between a priori truths on the one hand and rationalist and empiricist positions on the other. He argues that we obtain a clearer understanding of the distinction between rationalism and empiricism as well as a more refined conception of a priori truths if we do not regard the question of whether there exist such truths as the dividing line, but rather concentrate on the different explanations with those respective positions for the existence of such truths.

Keywords: a priori truths; Quassim Cassam; empiricism; explanation; rationalism

Chapter.  11418 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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