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[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 2. Origin of Concepts / c. Nativist concepts]

Full Idea

I can think of countless geometrical figures, concerning which there can be no suspicion of their ever having entered me through the senses.

Gist of Idea

I can think of innumerable shapes I have never experienced


René Descartes (Meditations [1641], §5.64)

Book Reference

Descartes,René: 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations', ed/tr. Sutcliffe,F.E. [Penguin 1968], p.143