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Many prior theories about epistemology argued that external and absolute reality could impress itself, as it were, on an individual, as, for example, John Locke's (1632–1704) empiricism, which saw the mind beginning as a tabula rasa, a blank slate (An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690).


It means that the theories (prior theories and Locke) argue that people are "made" into who they are by their surroundings... These theories discounted the importance of heredity.