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An essay concerning human understanding

Author: John Locke
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1995.
Series: Great books in philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Locke's classic work An Essay Concerning Human Understanding laid the foundation of British empiricism and remains of enduring interest today. Rejecting doctrines of innate principles and ideas, Locke shows how all our ideas, even the most abstract and complex, are grounded in human experience--attained by sensation of external things or reflection upon our mental activities. A thorough examination of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Locke
ISBN: 0879759178 9780879759179
OCLC Number: 31013145
Notes: Previously published: London : George Routledge and Sons Limited ; New York : E.P. Dutton and Co., 1910.
Includes index.
Description: xx, 624 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Of innate notions --
Of ideas --
Of words --
Of knowledge and opinion.
Series Title: Great books in philosophy.
Responsibility: John Locke.

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John Locke's classic work An Essay Concerning Human Understanding laid the foundation of British empiricism and remains of enduring interest today. Rejecting doctrines of innate principles and ideas, Locke shows how all our ideas, even the most abstract and complex, are grounded in human experience--attained by sensation of external things or reflection upon our mental activities. A thorough examination of the communication of ideas through language and the convention 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. This abridgement, based on P.H. Nidditch's critical edition, retains in full all key passages, thus enabling Locke's arguments to be more clearly followed. The new introduction by Pauline Phemister provides background on Locke's essay, illuminating its arguments and conclusions. The book also includes a chronological table of significant events, select bibliography, succinct explanatory notes, and an index--all of which supply additional historical information and aids to navigating the text. --From publisher's description.

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