An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by John Locke
     
 

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Sometime in the 1660s, John Locke and a handful of friends found themselves discussing morality and religion, but they soon reached an impasse, running up against ?difficulties that rose on every side.? From this common enough situation sprang the insight that gave rise to the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, a formidable achievement that would become theSee more details below

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Sometime in the 1660s, John Locke and a handful of friends found themselves discussing morality and religion, but they soon reached an impasse, running up against ?difficulties that rose on every side.? From this common enough situation sprang the insight that gave rise to the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, a formidable achievement that would become the basis of modern empiricism.

Locke thought that instead of giving our imagination free rein, we need to step back and determine the limits of human knowledge. He gave philosophy a critical turn by shifting attention from the subject matter of many debates - the nature of God, the ultimate truths of morality, the nature of the world itself - to the tools and materials of knowledge. If we are simply not in a position to discover these ultimate truths, we can free ourselves from useless wrangling and focus on what is within our grasp. What is more, we can see dogmatic pronouncements about matters that lie beyond human understanding for what they are: at best, nonsense; at worst, fig leaves to hide political or religious agendas

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ISBN-13:
9780760760499
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/17/2004
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
713,845
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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