Posted: Jan 22, 2011 3:09 pm
by Hugin
Will S wrote:
Hugin wrote:Btw, another thing: If science is a form of reason, how does this apply to the old rationalism vs empiricism debate? Of those, science surely seems to be closer to empiricism.

I'm the wrong person to comment; it would need somebody who knows more about the history of philosophy than I do.


Basically, rationalism in a philosophical context at least used to refer to the view that knowledge could simply be deducted from reason, no observation was necessary. Empiricism (if I understand it correctly) is the view that our knowledge comes from the senses.