By Katrina Pertierra (Senior Teacher, English for Fun)
The first ideas of knowledge came from the father of philosophy, Aristotle. One of his most taught theories was called knowledge acquisition. This theory proposed that knowledge first entered our minds through our senses of perception—touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight. As time progressed, Aristotle’s theories were refined by other philosophers. By the 1470s, the importance of science and use of empirical data came to light, and these early theories about learning were put to the test. Most theories proposed by philosophers had been made obsolete or disregarded, while others have been expounded on through scientific data and experiment; but the theory of knowledge acquisition by Aristotle was one of the few that have managed to survive the test of time, and science. The revolution of science and philosophy were not limited to their own fields. The influences of development trickled into social fields, political fields, athletic fields, and educational fields.