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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250924.001.0001

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Knowledge of Necessity

Knowledge of Necessity

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(p.34) Chapter 23 Knowledge of Necessity
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Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2
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Jonathan Bennett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198250924.003.0003

Deals with Locke's attack on, and Leibniz's defence of, the belief in innately possessed knowledge. The debate is made more complex when Leibniz introduces the idea of innate dispositions to have knowledge. While Locke attempts to explain modal knowledge without help from innatism Leibniz attempts to explain it with that help. The debate over innately possessed ideas is hard to get into focus because ‘ideas’ is a blurry term.

Keywords:   disposition, innatism, knowledge, Leibniz, Locke, modal

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