"...the throne was a tabula rasa …

waiting for the Queen’s name to be written on it."


"so he spent the days, aparently slothful, but highly energetic in his efforts to become tabula rasa."

Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before, Secker & Warburg, London, 1995.

"Now we have an idea of the goal that is tender, soft, like sugar, malleable as wax. This stone melts easily; it receives impressions like a tabula rasa and then just as easily lets them go again. It asks to be affected, penetrated and, because transparent, seen through."

James Hillman, Concerning the Stone.

 He will go for a tabula rasa policy in Kosovo."

BBC News. 25th March 1999.

“It was Locke who launched the ‘bucket theory’ with his postulate that the mind of the new-born baby must be viewed as a tabula rasa, an empty slate; nothing could enter this mind except through the sense organs.”

E. H. Gombrich,  The Sense of Order, A Study in the psychology of decorative art, Phaidon, Oxford, 1979, p. 1.

tabula rasa

obliteration, 550 n. , Roget's Thesaurus.

tab'ula (Anat.) hard flat surface of bone etc.; tab'ula rasa erased tablet (fig.) human mind at birth viewed as having no innate ideas.

[Latin = table]

pal'impsest, n & a. Writing-material, manuscript, the original writing on which has been effaced to make room for a second; …[f. L f.Gk palimpsestos (palin, again + psoa rub smooth)]

"The city displays the layering of the Hindu tradition like a palimpsest, an old parchment that has been written upon and imperfectly erased again and again, leaving the old layers partially visible."

Diana L. Eck, Banaras, City of Light, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983, p. 9.

The Glass Womb

The Emerald Table