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Tabula rasa

(Lat. “blank tablet”). Term attached to a theory popularized esp. by J. Locke,* who held that man's mind begins as a blank slate, which receives impressions by sense perception (see Sensationalism) and later reflection. The term tabula rasa can be traced back at least as far as Aristotle,* Book 3, De anima, ch. 4. See also Psychology, G 1.

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