An Essay Concerning Human Understanding / Edition 1

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding / Edition 1

by John Locke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879759178

ISBN-13: 9780879759179

Pub. Date: 12/28/1995

Publisher: Prometheus Books

What is known? And how do we come to know it? These are the primary points of focus for metaphysics and epistemology, respectively. Here, in one of the classic works of early-modern empiricist philosophy, John Locke (1632-1704) attempts to answer these basic human questions by moving away from the rationalist notion of innate ideas to establish the concept of the…  See more details below

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What is known? And how do we come to know it? These are the primary points of focus for metaphysics and epistemology, respectively. Here, in one of the classic works of early-modern empiricist philosophy, John Locke (1632-1704) attempts to answer these basic human questions by moving away from the rationalist notion of innate ideas to establish the concept of the tabula rasa in which the mind is initially impressed with ideas through perception of the external world of substance. The formation of basic ideas through the perception of primary and secondary qualities, and the more sophisticated development of concepts, is discussed as Locke departs from a purely mental view of knowledge to ground what we know in the firmer soil of empirical observation and in the mind's ability to interrelate ideas from perception. The careful reasoning of Locke's Essay has made it an enduring part of the history of of Western philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879759179
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Locke's Life and Writing

The Essay concerning Human Understanding

Books I and II: Ideas and Principles

Book III: Language and Abstraction

Book IV: Knowledge

Reception and Legacy

Note on the Text

Select Bibliography

A Chronology of John Locke

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 1

Appendix Extracts from Locke's Letters to Edward Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcester 464

Explanatory Notes 497

Index 515

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