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Leonard Peikoff said in Ideas in History: Objectivism’s Relation to the Past and the Future that instinct philosophically means innate ideas.

If instinct means innate ideas, does it means that animals have innate ideas?

 

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Philosophy is the science studying the fundamental relationship between Man and existence.  Trying to apply the concept of "instinct" to human beings implies that we have innate ideas.

 

Most animal species do not have ideas of any kind.  They can have perceptions, associations, memories, feelings, and biologically determined behaviors, but not ideas.

 

The concept of "instinct" is useless and misleading when applied to humans.  It is also of limited value when applied to other animals because it is a copout that shirks the task of achieving understanding of what mechanisms lead those animals to act as they do.

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Philosophy and animals, two sets with no intersection.  

It might be interesting to try to play "Concepts in a hat" with 'animals' and 'philosophy' as the concepts.

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9 hours ago, gio said:

If instinct means innate ideas, does it means that animals have innate ideas?

The way to tackle this question is: as a biologist. E.g. what is an instinct, in manifestation? what is our hypothesis of the mechanism that gives rise to them? how are they distinguished from non-instinctual behaviors in non-humans? 

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