A Priori and A Posteriori Knowledge

The term a priori literally means “from the earlier”, while the term a posteriori has the literal translation “from the later”. These terms are often used in philosophy in order to describe different forms of knowledge.

A priori – dependent on experience; deductive; presumptive

  • A prior knowledge is obtained without examination or analysis.

A posteriori  – empirical knowledge; inductive; obtained through reasoning of observed facts

  • A posteriori knowledge is obtained through reasoning of observed facts.

 

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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