Rationalism and Empiricism: A Comparison As a general rule, Rationalists believe that the Human Race is endowed with certain knowledge, ideas and concepts that are independent of experiential events in an individual life. Empiricists, on the other hand, believe that all knowledge comes from experience and observation and that God and/or evolution does not grant endowments of unearned or unlearned knowledge. Finding examples of individuals who believe strictly in either Rationalism or Empiricism is rather difficult. There is quite a bit of overlap and most people, who have thought about the matter, have inclinations that are a combination of the two, depending on the question. At the crux of the argument is the question of where ideas come...The end:
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