Subject Philosophy Philosophy - Other

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Focus on empiricism and rationalism. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of these epistemologies. Include in your reflections Kant’s attempt to resolve the conflict between empiricists and rationalists. What does he mean when he makes a distinction between appearance and reality? Include in your discussion some examples for the purpose of clarification.
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The strengths of empiricism are, I think, easier to identify because, at least superficially, empiricism embodies epistemological ‘values’ we seem to hold dear. How so? For example, the ‘commonsense’, everyday, yet very scientific regard for evidence and proof, particularly the testimony given by observation and experience and testing and verification...

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