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alb asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

what is the difference between priori knowledge and empiricism?

what is priori knowledg and what is empiricism knowledge i dont really understand the difference help please

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  • 1 decade ago
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    a priori

    (ä' prē-ôrī, -ōr'ī') pronunciation


    1. Proceeding from a known or assumed cause to a necessarily related effect; deductive.


    1. Derived by or designating the process of reasoning without reference to particular facts or experience.

    2. Knowable without appeal to particular experience.

    3. Made before or without examination; not supported by factual study.

    [Medieval Latin ā priōrī : Latin ā, from + Latin priōrī, ablative of prior, former.]

    as opposed to a posteriori (or empirical) knowledge, which derives from experience.


    (ĕm-pîr'ĭ-kəl) pronunciation


    1. Relying on or derived from observation or experiment: empirical results that supported the hypothesis.

    2. Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment: empirical laws.

    2. Guided by practical experience and not theory, especially in medicine.

  • 1 decade ago


    a priori knowledge is what exists outside of our knowledge or experience of it...math for example.

    priori knowledge would be things that do not exist independent of out knowledge of it.

    Empiricism is the idea that everything that we know we have had to learn from experience...even the a priori stuff.

    I hope this helps

    Rev Phil

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