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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding By John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding John Locke is widely regarded as the father of classical liberalism This essay was groundbreaking in its approach to foundation of human knowledge and understanding he describes the mind at birth as
  • Title: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • Author: John Locke
  • ISBN: 9781406790276
  • Page: 159
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  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding By John Locke John Locke is widely regarded as the father of classical liberalism This essay was groundbreaking in its approach to foundation of human knowledge and understanding, he describes the mind at birth as a blank slate filled later through experience, the essay became the principle sources of empiricism in modern philosophy and influenced many enlightenment philosophers ManyJohn Locke is widely regarded as the father of classical liberalism This essay was groundbreaking in its approach to foundation of human knowledge and understanding, he describes the mind at birth as a blank slate filled later through experience, the essay became the principle sources of empiricism in modern philosophy and influenced many enlightenment philosophers Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive Pomona Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name John Locke was an English philosopher Locke is considered the first of the British Empiricists, but is equally important to social contract theory His ideas had enormous influence on the development of epistemology and political philosophy, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential Enlightenment thinkers and contributors to liberal theory His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries This influence is reflected in the American Declaration of Independence.Locke s theory of mind is often cited as the origin for modern conceptions of identity and the self , figuring prominently in the later works of philosophers such as David Hume, Jean Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant Locke was the first Western philosopher to define the self through a continuity of consciousness He also postulated that the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa that is, contrary to Cartesian or Christian philosophy, Locke maintained that people are born without innate ideas.

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    1. The Essay Concerning Human Understanding is sectioned into four books Taken together, they comprise an extremely long and detailed theory of knowledge starting from the very basics and building up Book I, Of Innate Ideas, is an attack on the Cartesian view of knowledge, which holds that human beings are born with certain ideas already in their mind Of Innate Ideas begins with an argument against the possibility of innate propositional knowledge that is, innate knowledge of fact, such as the fact [...]


    2. There is absolutely no doubt that Locke s ideas and arguments are very straightforward and clear in style He s the father of empiricism, among many other schools of thought i.e liberalism and individualism, which in essence, forms the proliferating values of the global society.But he s a dude from 17th century.And having read this along with his Second Treatise,I m beginning to feel that although the literary challenge may be good for the brains, it may turn out to be a deterrent for people want [...]


    3. John Locke s readable discourse on empiricism, which we might think of now as inductive reasoning from contingent facts, covers a broad scope and gives readers a taste of the Enlightenment in its full flower Written before philosophy became too specialized for everyday discourse, this book serves as an excellent starting point anyone wanting to venture into philosophy John Locke s easy writing style stands in contrast to his formidable reputation, and within these pages he pulls together his dis [...]


    4. Si bien d autre m ont t agr able et instructifs, Voila le livre de philosophie qui m aura t le plus profitable de tous ceux qui me sont tomb s dans les mains L essai philosophique sur l entendement humain, crit par John Locke en 1655 est une petite merveille, et r ussit haut la main son pari d apporter de la lumi re sur la question L auteur crit dans un style clair, tr s accessible et hors de toute affectation, mais sans c der aucun pouce aux exigences de clart et de rigueur Pour autant, j ai du [...]


    5. John Locke has some of the best reasons why we should not believe in innate ideas, and from this, why we should not be in agreement with the Rationalists However, this begs the question How can we trust ideas based on experience Instead of bogging down his argument, I find that his trust in human experience to be refreshing We cannot live our lives sitting in a room thinking about the random crap in the world we have to get out there and live it This particular edition was a different one from t [...]


    6. When I was making my reading list I included this title, intending also to reread Two Treatises, but when this author was the next on the list, I felt too pressed for time I did the reread but set this aside However, I then realized that I would have to also forego my intended Leibniz reading because it is a response to this So, I m way behind my fairly arbitrary and entirely self imposed timetable because I doubled back and read this I can t be the first reader to roll my eyes and grimace about [...]


    7. This is the second time I ve read this book, sort of The first time was at university After 10 or 11 years I decied to return to it and see how much I d forgotten especially as I teach bits of Locke for A level Philosophy I slowly realised that after the first few chapters, the notes and annotations disappeared from my book, indicating that I d never finished it After a couple of days of reading this, I realised why Yes, it is one of the most important documents in Philosophical history Yes, it [...]


    8. I don t know if I just wasn t in the right mindset when reading this or what but I think this book could have been condensed to perhaps a third of its current size The redundancy was astounding and the word choice so flowery for something that was not only not poetry but not even pleasant to the reader I just felt like the style and flow of the book was very circular in kind of a spiral factor sort of way What he had to say on complex ideas was brilliant, and the way he approached the mind and o [...]



    9. Tabula Rasa is the phrase that we always hear parroted when referring to John Locke, but this concept of being born with a blank slate, ready for knowledge to imprinted upon, is largely irrelevant for the crux of his argument in the Essay.Another concept commonly taught to entry level philosophy students is Locke s ideas of reflection and sensation , but I firmly believe these too are not central to what the Essay is concerning.The Essay is one great crescendo of epistemology, beginning with con [...]


    10. I enjoyed aspects of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding , but only because I was reading it for the light it cast on Locke s political philosophy as described in his revolutionary work Two Treatises of Government In An Essay Locke attempts an understanding of what it is to be human, or perhaps, what human dignity means an individual s use of reason in all things, even in areas where prejudices are strongly held, such as religious beliefs I found some paragraphs of this essay stunning for th [...]


    11. This treatise published in 1689 was listed in Good Reading s 100 Significant Books It s a work of epistemology the branch of philosophy that examines knowledge Rejecting Descartes argument of innate principles, Locke argues that humans at birth are a blank slate written on by experience Locke argues that innate ideas can t exist since by their nature they d be universal, and there is no knowledge everyone agrees upon I m not sure given human nature I agree I know that as different as human cultu [...]


    12. This is very dry and repetitive, but it makes a whole lot sense than anything by the Rationalists Locke has an endearing humbleness whereby he genuinely acknowledges that he is liable to error, and that there are certain things we cannot know, or at least be sure we know The way he identifies language and inconsistent terminology as the source of so much disagreement and misunderstanding is also a real breakthrough, I think.Occasionally Locke shows a hilariously dry sense of humour, for instanc [...]


    13. I only read the part of this that deal with moral law and morality The most famous part of this book are those that deal with epistemology so I will have to pick this book up again Nontheless the sections that I did read were pretty exceptional.


    14. Locke s understanding of human understanding accounts for much of what is wrong with our society today Yuck.


    15. In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 1689 , the English philosopher John Locke tried to come up with a theory of knowledge, that would do away with all earlier attempts of philosophers from the time of Plato onwards to Descartes This book is a long and dense one, but it is well structured and written relatively approachable for the general public This review is based on my reading of this book two years ago, so I will only give the broad outlines I was planning to read the Essay for a seco [...]



    16. This vast and detailed work is foundational to building a philosophical repertoire, and I find that, despite its relative newness, it has shaped much of the philosophical discussion today.



    17. Supongamos que la mente es, como nosotros decimos, un papel en blanco, vac o de caracteres, sin ideas C mo se llena De d nde procede el vasto acopio que la ilimitada y activa imaginaci n del hombre ha grabado en ella con una variedad casi infinita A esto respondo con una palabra de la experiencia.Descartes, quiz s sin pretenderlo, hizo de la filosof a epistemolog a luego John Locke 1632 1704 dedic una obra exclusivamente a la epistemolog a Si Descartes estudi el entendimiento con el fin de encon [...]


    18. Locke s Essay is considered a foundational work for the new empiricism which arose out of the friction between Descartes with his rationalist followers and the old school Aristotelian empiricists of the s In true empiricist form, Locke binds himself to the proposition that all knowledge can only be gained through the senses but, in an interesting twist, also refuses to put blind faith in the accuracy of the senses.To begin, Locke spends Book I rejecting any notion that there is innate knowledge [...]


    19. This book was overlong and I am glad to be finished with it Locke has a tendency to iterate and reiterate points and proofs ad nauseam He also has a tendency to discourse on things that are not altogether relevant to the topic at hand while this might be acceptable now and then, Locke does it to an extreme that is taxing on the reader s attention and patience This book, if it weren t for the redundancies and lack of focus, would be a far acceptable length That being said, it was not as tiresome [...]


    20. Locke was the most important early modern English philosopher In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, he offered an empiricist counterpoint to Descartes For Locke, all ideas and knowledge come from experience There can be no innate ideas The mind is an empty cabinet, a blank slate on which experience writes The crux of the rationalist empiricist debate lies in how we explain our possession of ideas that seemingly could not come from experience, like infinity and perfection God Like all empir [...]


    21. I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts I.iii.3 It is therefore little less than a contradiction, to suppose, that whole nations of men should both in their professions, and practice unanimously and universally give the lie to what, by the most invincible evidence, every one of them knew to be true, right, and good I.iii.11 If it shall be demanded then, when a man begins to have any ideas I think, the true answer is, when he first has any sensation II.i.2 [...]


    22. For a philosophical work, this is probably one of the least incisive, or at least unusually sloppy Certainly Locke is intelligent but his terms shift, assume themselves what is up with primary qualities We know there are corpuscles but we ll never experience them What Also, substances, real essences, and primary qualities all seem to be able to be further organized without having three terms for a similar idea He seems to think nothing is a priori yet assumes certain concepts, such as simply sta [...]


    23. One of the classics Hugely influential on the framers of the U.S Constitution and formative for the acceptance of the findings of modern science, Locke argues for indirect realism that our senses perceive an independently existing external reality, but through the medium of the ideas we have of them, not the objects directly as they exist Read this for a class I was taking on British Empiricism The English Locke uses is only a bit easier to follow than the King James Bible with lots of what toda [...]


    24. For where is the man that has incontestable evidence of the truth of all that he holds, or of the falsehood of all he condemns or can say that he has examined to the bottom all his own, or other men s opinions The necessity of believing without knowledge, nay often upon very slight grounds, in this fleeting state of action and blindness we are in, should make us busy and careful to inform ourselves than constrain others At least, those who have not thoroughly examined to the bottom all their ow [...]


    25. Published 1690 Excerpt from Chapter 1 He argues that all ideas are learned, not innate Evidence usually given for the idea that that certain ideas are indeed innate there are certain principles agreed upon by all of mankind, which suggests they are innate, such as the principles that asserts Whatever is, it is impossible for that thing to be and not to be at the same time He says that even if we assume there are indeed certain principles that all agree on, it doesn t necessarily follow that we a [...]


    26. Exams are coming closer and I finished this just in time Well, I skipped a lot of parts but let me cheat a little on that, because he IS very repetitive This is one of the readable philosophical works, as Locke gives a lot of examples and explains his terminology He also assures the reader of the uncertainty of his own theories several times, which may not have been necessary because that s just what philosophy is like and if you go into a philosophical book expecting facts, you would be really [...]


    27. Locke s most famous text is so for a reason it contains some of the most subtly fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable thought experiments in philosophy.At this point his tabula rasa has been turned into a smartboard with inborn capacities and a whole network of basic, inset information , and gone are the days of the debutant, decked out in full flowing peruke bursting upon a party with a voluptuous pineapple on one arm yet, it is still enjoyable to read, if you re willing to make the effort of tr [...]


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