If there are innate ideas, there are ideas that are accepted by everyone.
There are no ideas that are accepted by everyone.
Therefore, there are no innate ideas.
Would you consider ‘fear or awareness of death’ to be an idea? That one seems pretty universal. (I’m thinking Maslow here, but mainly I think I’d like to see proof or support evidence for the assertion that no ideas are accepted by everyone… I’m just not sure I buy it.)
Yep! That’s me: Provoker of Thoughts!
Else, what’s a Philosophy for?
babies don’have awareness of death?
And I was wondering if fear could pass as an idea? Fear is an emotion and I am sure all or most emotions are universal.
Good question, I don’t know if babies innately fear death or not. As a general principle, life seems to want to continue living. This may come down to definitions. Is intelligent consciousness a key part of this equation? If so, that eliminates babies. More importantly, are emotions the same as ideas?
Animals have emotions, but not ideas (at the human level). Is this conundrum about the universality of human ideas? Or just any thoughts by any being?
It’s possible (maybe) to make a case that human concepts are not universal (but I’d want to examine that premise closely… I think “religion” might quality). But I agree: emotions are universal and even extend to the animal kingdom.
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