JOIN MWU Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! Philosophers have been arguing that babies are born with minds that are essentially blank slates since the days of Aristotle. Later, some psychologists took up the case as well.
Los Angeles interior designer Amber Lewis faced such a tabula rasa in a client’s vacation getaway, a 1960s ranch house in Ojai, Calif. Her underlying aim was to explore the idea—derived from John Locke—of the newborn as a tabula rasa, whose character is determined by experience rather than innate qualities. The Economist, “Frankenstein: the monster that never dies,” 17 Feb.
The song’s rhythm bangs as, before our very eyes, this Swiftian tabula rasa transforms into some sort of android. A Star Is Born: Gabrielle Union turns 45 today,” 29 Oct. Progressives take a tabula rasa view of the human condition, the human animal, the human experience, and human society.