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a priori
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unfounded a priori claims
  knowledge that is assumed to be true without proof (independent of experience)
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Strongly Associated with:   a posteriori
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In philosophy, different thinkers have applied various definitions.
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  • unfounded a priori claims
  • Evidence that contradicts their thesis a priori excluded.
  • a priori probability
  • As for us, who, however, in contradistinction to this school, reject nothing a priori, a will in the plant, accepted by this school, appears to us more difficult to admit than a will in the universe denied by it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • While he was proving this a priori, the ship foundered; all perished except Pangloss, Candide, and that brutal sailor who had drowned the good Anabaptist.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • These he calls a priori.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Pendants worn by her friends were a priori beautiful.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I have not tried either the death penalty or imprisonment for life, but if one may judge a priori, the death penalty is more moral and more humane than imprisonment for life.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Bet
  • On an a priori view of Wakem’s aquiline nose, which offended Mr. Tulliver, there was not more rascality than in the shape of his stiff shirt-collar, though this too along with his nose, might have become fraught with damnatory meaning when once the rascality was ascertained.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He began by alluding to her excellence, a priori, the axiom of her seraphic super-humanity, the revelation of her inexpressible virtues, no conception of which could possibly be formed.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way

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  • And that, as the philosophers say, casts a certain a priori light on your own situation, my good Castorp.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • An example of a priori knowledge is "time."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But this is screened out and never gets to our consciousness because we have in our minds an a priori concept that the world has continuity.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We have in our minds a very real a priori motorcycle whose existence we have no reason to doubt, whose reality can be confirmed anytime.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Some of the changes in this specific a priori motorcycle I’m riding are very quick and transitory, such as its relationship to the road.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Other changes in this a priori are slower: Disappearance of gasoline from the tank.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It’s quite a machine, this a priori motorcycle.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The motorcycle that I believe in an a priori way to be outside of myself is like the money I believe I have in the bank.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The bulk of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is concerned with how this a priori knowledge is acquired and how it is employed.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Kant called his thesis that our a priori thoughts are independent of sense data and screen what we see a "Copernican revolution."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Or, to put it in Kantian terms, the objective world producing our sense data did not change, but our a priori concept of it was turned inside out.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • What we think of as reality is a continuous synthesis of elements from a fixed hierarchy of a priori concepts and the ever changing data of the senses.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • This a priori motorcycle has been built up in our minds over many years from enormous amounts of sense data and it is constantly changing as new sense data come in.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We sense objects in a certain way because of our application of a priori intuitions such as space and time, but we do not create these objects out of our imagination, as pure philosophical idealists would maintain.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The a priori concepts have their origins in human nature so that they’re neither caused by the sensed object nor bring it into being, but provide a kind of screening function for what sense data we will accept.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We have in our minds an a priori motorcycle which has continuity in time and space and is capable of changing appearance as one moves one’s head and is therefore not contradicted by the sense data one is receiving.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • They also depend partly on the a priori images we have accumulated in our memory.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He speculated that if two people had identical a priori analogues they would see Quality identically every time.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Are they synthetic a priori judgments, as Kant said?
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • If you presume that the a priori concepts in our heads are independent of what we see and actually screen what we see, this means that you are taking the old Aristotelian concept of scientific man as a passive observer, a "blank tablet," and truly turning this concept inside out.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • What Copernicus did was take the existing a priori concept of the world, the notion that it was flat and fixed in space, and pose an alternative a priori concept of the world, that it’s spherical and moves around the sun; and showed that both of the a priori concepts fitted the existing sensory data.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • What Copernicus did was take the existing a priori concept of the world, the notion that it was flat and fixed in space, and pose an alternative a priori concept of the world, that it’s spherical and moves around the sun; and showed that both of the a priori concepts fitted the existing sensory data.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • What Copernicus did was take the existing a priori concept of the world, the notion that it was flat and fixed in space, and pose an alternative a priori concept of the world, that it’s spherical and moves around the sun; and showed that both of the a priori concepts fitted the existing sensory data.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Similarly, even though my sense data have never brought up anything that could be called "substance" I’m satisfied that there’s a capability within the sense data of achieving the things that substance is supposed to do, and that the sense data will continue to match the a priori motorcycle of my mind.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • A priori, insurrection is repugnant to them, in the first place, because it often results in a catastrophe, in the second place, because it always has an abstraction as its point of departure.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Her feeling was rather that, given the nature of the human couple, the love of man and woman is a priori inferior to that which can exist (at least in the best instances) in the love between man and dog, that oddity of human history probably unplanned by the Creator.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He had no male audience to-day except Mr. Moss, who knew nothing, as he said, of the "natur’ o’ mills," and could only assent to Mr. Tulliver’s arguments on the a priori ground of family relationship and monetary obligation; but Mr. Tulliver did not talk with the futile intention of convincing his audience, he talked to relieve himself; while good Mr. Moss made strong efforts to keep his eyes wide open, in spite of the sleepiness which an unusually good dinner produced in his…
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Never daring to whisper to himself, lest he should doubt the truth of the suggestion, that he would always be in love with Odette, at least when he tried to suppose that he would always go to the Verdurins’ (a proposition which, a priori, raised fewer fundamental objections on the part of his intelligence), he saw himself for the future continuing to meet Odette every evening; that did not, perhaps, come quite to the same thing as his being permanently in love with her, but for the…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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