Name Tutor Course Date Constructivism Theory Introduction The issue of the source of knowledge is important to discuss because most people do not know the importance of sense experience and how concepts and knowledge are articulated to it. This issue started with the rationalist who stated that the concepts and knowledge that people acquire in their daily activities do not depend on the sense experience. The rationalists claim that the experience and concepts are gained through reasoning. On the same issue the empiricists do not recognize the rationalists’ suggestions as they claim that there is a strong relationship between experience and knowledge. In a nutshell the empiricists claim that the sense experience is important in gaining concepts and knowledge. At some points the empiricists support the skepticisms as the alternative theory to the rationalism by saying that if concepts and knowledge cannot be provided by the experience then they echoed rationalism theory. Locke says the only way a person can acquire knowledge is through sense experience. He refutes the rationalists’ claims that knowledge exists naturally during birth by stating that the child is like a blank slate at birth and it starts gaining experience through interacting with the world. Kant accounted on the constructivism theory claiming that knowledge is acquired through learning from the experience. Therefore constructivism is the best theory of knowledge and empiricism is a close second because it also asserts that experience plays a vital role in acquiring knowledge. Works Cited Fosnot Catherine T. Constructivism: Theory Perspectives and Practice. New York: Teachers College Press 2005. Print. Pereboom Derk. The Rationalists: Critical Essays on Descartes Spinoza and Leibniz. Lanham [u.a.: Rowman & Littlefield 2009. Print. Robinson David and Bill Mayblin. Introducing Empiricism. 2013. Print. Waxman Wayne. Kant and the Empiricists: Understanding Understanding. New York Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005. Print. [...]
Choose ONE of the above three theories of knowledge covered in this module (i.e., empiricism, rationalism, constructivism) and ONE particular philosopher’s account of this same theory (e.g., Descartes’ rationalism, Locke’s empiricism or Kant’s constructivism) and explain why it is the strongest, most plausible theory of knowledge. Also, as a part of your essay, explain why the theory that you are defending is more plausible than what you regard as the second best alternative. For example, if you believe that constructivism is the most plausible theory of knowledge and that empiricism is a close second, carefully explain why.