Innatism

Belief that the human mind is born with knowledge / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Innatism is a philosophical and epistemological doctrine that the mind is born with ideas, knowledge, and beliefs. Therefore, the mind is not a tabula rasa (blank slate) at birth, which contrasts with and was contested by early empiricists such as John Locke. Innatism asserts that not all knowledge is gained from experience and the senses. Plato and René Descartes were prominent philosophers in the development of innatism.[1][clarification needed] Both philosophers emphasize that experiences are the key to unlocking this knowledge but not the source of the knowledge itselfessentially, no knowledge is derived exclusively from experience.[2][clarification needed]