Rationalism and Empiricism Together Essay

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Better Understanding can be achieved through methodologies of Rationalism and Empiricism together If a fresher is looking for a job requiring skills, then a skilled and experienced person would be given more value over him/her because experience is very essential. But it is not ample enough. One must have the knowledge of the principles of logic and mathematics in order to approach the complex problems where solution cannot be approached alone with experience. Hence, experience is important to lead to a conclusion but it is not, by itself, sufficient. Locke stated in his paper that truths were indeed imprinted in the mind from birth; one would surely expect young children to be aware of them- which in many cases they patently are not. But Leibniz argued that our mind is not like a notice board on which all the principles and truths are pasted. Hence, it requires a detailed analysis and attention to recognize the basic principles and truths. For instance, if one sees two books and two other books together, then one can reach to the conclusion that those books together are four in number i.e. 2 + 2 = 4. Similarly, for a two pairs of trees, we can say the same thing. But, one may ignore the fact that it is valid for everything. Here, we need a generalized principle to make one understand the basic of summation or it can be used even without experience after universalizing it. Hence, even though it is obvious, but the principles of mathematical analysis are required. Supporters of Locke may say that experience is necessary for actual knowledge. But this is not the case. Leibniz explained that experience is necessary for revealing generalized truths, but it cannot be helpful to understand its universal significance. For example, a person living in north India may expect the arrival of monsoon till mid July every year, but it is not the case with other parts of

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