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All these questions have in common the debate about rationalism and empiricism that has been ongoing in the history of philosophy. They all swirl around the problem about whether I can know from my experience (empiricism) or through innate ideas alone (rationalism). Almost all the philosophers we've studied try to argue for a third way between the two.
1. By reducing what can be known to observable facts, Comte struggles with claims to knowledge that are not merely empirical. He sought to erase our reliance on religion and the metaphysics of universal concepts, but by thinking that the only possible knowledge is the particular, he sidesteps altogether any claim to universals. For example, how do we account for the concept of the "good" without turning to a universal concept for the good?...
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