Condillac: Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge

Condillac: Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge

by Etienne Bonnot De Condillac
     
 

Condillac's Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge, first published in French in 1746 and offered here in a new translation, represented in its time a radical departure from the dominant conception of the mind as a reservoir of innately given ideas. Descartes had held that knowledge must rest on ideas; Condillac turned this upside down by arguing that speech and

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Condillac's Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge, first published in French in 1746 and offered here in a new translation, represented in its time a radical departure from the dominant conception of the mind as a reservoir of innately given ideas. Descartes had held that knowledge must rest on ideas; Condillac turned this upside down by arguing that speech and words are the origin of mental life and knowledge. His work influenced many later philosophers, and also anticipated Wittgenstein's view of language and its relation to mind and thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521584678
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/06/2001
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Hans Aarsleff is Professor of English, Emeritus, Princeton University.

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