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8. Rationalism versus Empiricism in Design

John Locke (1632–1704), British empiricist philosopherWikimedia Commons (commons.wikimedia.org)

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All Men are liable to Error; and most Men are, in many Points, by Passion or Interest, under Temptation to it.

JOHN LOCKE [1690], AN ESSAY CONCERNINGHUMAN UNDERSTANDING

... the two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.

RENÉ DESCARTES [1628], RULES FORTHE DIRECTION OF THE MIND

Rationalism versus Empiricism

Can I, by sufficient thought alone, design a complex object correctly? This question, particularized to design, ...

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