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tabula rasa

1 Tablet from which the inscription is erased, ready to be written upon again.

2 Obliteration of history and collective memory.

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... rasa (Latin, ‘scraped tablet’) A clean slate, literally and figuratively, on which anything can be written. Thus, the mind of a person who has been badly taught must become a tabula rasa before they can learn anything...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... rasa n . A blank slate, a term introduced by the English philosopher John Locke ( 1632–1704 ) as a metaphor for the human mind at birth, the belief of Locke and the other British empiricists being that nothing is innate in the mind and that all knowledge comes through the senses. See also empiricism . Compare innate idea . [From Latin tabula a tablet + rasa ...

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Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3 ed.)

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2009
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... rasa Literally, clean slate, used in the context of treaty obligations not passing from a contracting party to a successor State. See negative succession theory...

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Guide to Latin in International Law (2 ed.)

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...Tabula rasa . ta´būla ra´sa . tâ´byūlu ra´zu. n . (also commonly used as an adv . ). “Scraped slate.” Generally, something started anew, without regard for or knowledge of prior events or conditions. In international law, the term has been used as a shorthand for the theory that a successor state does not automatically inherit all of the treaty obligations or rights of its predecessor. E.g., “[T]he rule on automatic succession of multilateral treaties— lex ferenda , as matters now stand—has not been accepted in positive international law. However, it...

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A Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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... tabula rasa (Latin, blank tablet or slate) The term used by scholastics , e.g. Aquinas ( Summa , Ia 79. 2) to indicate the state of a mind on which no sensation has been impressed. It is frequently used to describe the similar contention of Locke that there are no innate ideas . See also nihil in intellectu nisi prius in sensu...

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A Dictionary of Sociology (4 ed.)

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... rasa Also known as the blank-slate or white-paper thesis, a name for the radically empiricist view of the mind and knowledge which inspired so-called associationism in psychology. According to John Locke , the contents of the mind are written on it by experience as if it were white paper, a view comparable with modern behaviourist theories which try to account for mental processes as a product of external stimulus and behavioural response. Steven Pinker ( The Blank Slate , 2002 ) is the latest in a line of evolutionary psychologists and ...

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Roger Woolhouse

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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... rasa . A phrase (meaning blank writing-tablet) from the Latin translation of Aristotle's De anima (430 a ). It does not occur in Locke's Essay ( 1690 ), though it is present in Pierre Coste's French translation ( 1700 ). The Essay , in its statement of the empiricist thesis that there is nothing in the mind that was not previously in the senses, speaks rather of the mind at birth as ‘white paper’ (ii. i. 2), awaiting ideas from experience. Prof. Roger Woolhouse See also empiricism . R. I. Aaron , John Locke , 3rd edn. (Oxford, 1971), 32, 35,...

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A Dictionary of Education (2 ed.)

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... rasa The mind in its original, uninformed state, before any learning begins. This concept is found in the philosophy of John Locke ( 1632–1704 ) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; but it is one which many educators do not accept, since it assumes that the mind is shaped solely by what is learned, and discounts the idea of individual predispositions or inherited characteristics. In this sense, it reflects the argument that nurture, not nature , is of predominant importance in shaping an individual’s cognitive skills. The literal meaning of this Latin phrase is...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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...tabula rasa /ˌtabjʊlə ˈrɑːzə/ . Plural, if required, tabulae rasae /ˌtabjʊliː ˈrɑːziː/ . Printed in italic....

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... rasa • Balthazar , Belshazzar, jazzer • bonanza , Braganza, Constanza, extravaganza, kwanza, organza, Panzer, stanza • parser , plaza, tabula rasa • Shevardnadze • dopiaza • Nebuchadnezzar • Demelza • cadenza , cleanser, credenza, influenza, Penza • appraiser , blazer, eraser, Fraser, gazer, glazer, grazer, laser, mazer, praiser, razor, salmanazar, taser, Weser • stargazer • trailblazer • hellraiser • appeaser , Caesar, easer, Ebenezer, El Giza, freezer, geezer, geyser, Louisa, Pisa, seizer, squeezer, teaser, Teresa, Theresa, visa, wheezer...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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... rasa noun phrase Latin (literally ‘scraped tablet’). A tablet from which the writing has been erased, read to be written on again; a blank tablet; figurative a clean slate; a mind having no innate ideas (as in some views of the human mind at...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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39 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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1 Tablet from which the inscription is erased, ready to be written upon again.2 Obliteration of history and collective memory.
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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...must conform to the object of perception, Kant proposed that objects (if they are to be perceived) must conform to conditions imposed on them by the human faculties through which they are known. Where Locke pictures the understanding working with simple ideas inscribed on the tabula rasa of the mind, Kant begins with the proposition that the understanding imposes conditions which must be met if objects are to be thought. The results of this turn to the subjective conditions of perception and cognition are extremely significant for the history of philosophy....

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Daniel L. Smith-Christopher and Daniel L. Smith-Christopher

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...‘The King lived largely in seclusion; he is said by Xenophon to have prided himself on being inaccessible’. Georges ( 1994 : 49 ) discusses that fact that the Persian court fascinated the Greeks—mainly because of the mystery of court life—the Persians in general remained a ‘tabula rasa upon which the Greeks drew a portrait in their own idiom’. Persians kept aloof from their subjects ‘by the gorgeous and impermeable carapace of formal protocol’. When the few Greeks that did attend court were there, they were ‘buffered by courtiers and interpreters’ to maintain...

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(Greek, recollection)In Plato, the recollection of knowledge, possibly obtained in a previous state of existence. The topic is most famously broached in the dialogue Meno, and the doctrine is one ...

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