1. The study of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning. 2. A system of thought based on or involving such study. 3. The study of the theoretical underpinnings of a particular field or discipline: the philosophy of history. 4. An underlying theory or set of ideas relating to a particular field of activity or to life as a whole.
1. A Latin phrase translated as “blank slate” or more literally as “erased slate” or Clean Slate. Originates from the Roman tabula that they used for notes. The slate started empty, upon which notes could be written, then erased to write again. 2. The idea that people are born without built-in mental content and that therefore all knowledge comes from experience or perception. 3. Referenced in the writings of Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC.)