An Essay Concerning Human Understanding / Edition 1

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding / Edition 1

by John Locke
     
 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879759179
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
1,349,407
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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