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Essay Concerning Humane Understanding

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John Locke's essays on human understanding answers the question “What gives rise to ideas in our minds?”. In the first book Locke refutes the notion of innate ideas and argues against a number of propositions that rationalists offer as universally accepted truth. In the second book Locke elaborates the role played by sensation, reflection, perception and retention in giving rise to simple ideas. Then he elaborates on how different modes, substances and relations of simple ideas (of the same kind) give rise to complex ideas v.g. space, time, infinity etc. Finally he discusses complex ideas of mixed modes which arise from a combination of simple ideas of different kinds v.g. identity and diversity, cause and effect, etc. Prooflistening for this project was done by bala and Rapunzelina

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AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING

IN FOUR BOOKS

BY JOHN LOCKE

Quam bellum est velle confiteri potius nescire quod nescias, quam ista effutientem nauseare, atque ipsum sibi displicere. Cic. De Natur. Deor. 1. i.

LONDON

Printed by Eliz. Holt, for Thomas Basset, at the George in Fleet Street, near St. Dunstan's Church.

MDCXC

CONTENTS: [Based on the 2d Edition]

EPISTLE DEDICATORY TO THE EARL OF PEMBROKE

THE EPISTLE TO THE READER

INTRODUCTION

BOOK I. NEITHER PRINCIPLES NOR IDEAS ARE INNATE.

I. NO INNATE SPECULATIVE PRINCIPLES II. NO INNATE PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES III. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING INNATE PRINCIPLES, BOTH SPECULATIVE AND PRACTICAL

BOOK II. OF IDEAS.

I. OF IDEAS IN GENERAL, AND THEIR ORIGINAL II. OF SIMPLE IDEAS III. OF SIMPLE IDEAS OF SENSATION IV. IDEA OF SOLIDITY V. OF SIMPLE IDEAS OF DIVERS SENSES VI. OF SIMPLE IDEAS OF REFLECTION ... VII. OF SIMPLE IDEAS OF BOTH SENSATION AND REFLECTION VIII. SOME FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING OUR SIMPLE IDEAS OF SENSATION IX... Continue reading book >>


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