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I couldn't find a topic dealing with my question:

Leonard Peikoff states that we are born Tabula Rasa, but then how do we have the "ability" to acquire knowledge? Wouldn't that presuppose that it isn't Tabula Rasa, but we are born with an a priori of collecting it?

I've been thinking about it, but I've been leaning more to side that I'm just missing some fundamental-epistemological flaw.

(I'm guessing the "ability" to collect knowledge is exclusive of Tabula Rasa?)

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"Tabula Rasa" simply means that we are born without any knowledge of the world. We are born with chalk and a blackboard, as it were. This is why no one should use the term "Tabula Rasa", and should instead say exactly what they mean, in English.

I appreciate the chalk and blackboard metaphor. I understand, too.

Thanks.

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