An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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by John Locke
     
 

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In An Essay concerning Human Understanding, John Locke sets out his theory of knowledge and how we acquire it. Eschewing doctrines of innate principles and ideas, Locke shows how all our ideas, even the most abstract and complex, are grounded in human experience and attained by sensation of external things or reflection upon our own mental activities. A thorough…  See more details below

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In An Essay concerning Human Understanding, John Locke sets out his theory of knowledge and how we acquire it. Eschewing doctrines of innate principles and ideas, Locke shows how all our ideas, even the most abstract and complex, are grounded in human experience and attained by sensation of external things or reflection upon our own mental activities. A thorough examination of the communication of ideas through language and the conventions of taking words as signs of ideas paves the way for his penetrating critique of the limitations of ideas and the extent of our knowledge of ourselves, the world, God, and morals.

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2940017157510
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Oxford : Clarendon Press
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Pauline Phemister is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another book I read while getting my BA in Philosophy at UCLA. The most interesting thing about this work of Locke's is that we also have Leibnitz's New Essays, which discusses it point by point. As far as I know this is a unique situation among the extant works of the classic thinkers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although of primary interest to serious students of philosophy, there are many readers who will want to try Locke's famous Essay. It should appeal especially to those readers who agree with the British poet Pope's advice that <the proper study of mankind is man.>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There appear to be odd artifacts in the conversion process where suddenly appeared odd symbols. It is also not as easily navigated as other books, but it is free and a quality read
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