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- Publication Date: July 1, 2004
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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Kindle Edition
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It will be found that Locke, generally regarded as an "empiricist," is extremely hard to pigeonhole. Though rejecting (an earlier version of) the doctrine of "innate ideas" and insisting that all of our ideas come from or through sense-experience, he was clearly a "rationalist" as regards the nature of knowledge itself. Both modern empiricists and modern rationalists could benefit from a healthy infusion of his reasonable, even-handed tenor and uncommon common sense.
Also highly recommended is E.J. Lowe's _Locke On Human Understanding_, an excellent introduction and overview to this great work as well as a delightful and highly insightful attempt to show that many of Locke's positions are still defensible today (though perhaps in need of some modification). It is a handy companion to the present volume both for the beginner and for the longtime reader of Locke; even those who know Locke well (or think they do!) will find Lowe's work engaging and enlightening.
Locke begins the "Essay" by rejecting and dispensing with the notion of "innate ideas," which basically says that we are born in possession of certain principles, elements of knowledge, or maxims that help us orient ourselves in the world. Through long and drawn out (one downside of Locke is his insistency on detail and repetition) examples and arguments, he attempts to prove that when we are born, we have absolutely nothing intelligence-wise, to recommend us. This is what is popularly referred to as the 'tabula rasa' theory, that when first born, our minds are like "empty cabinets" or "white sheets" of paper - which experience and experience only furnishes with our ideas about the world. His goal here is to get people to question their assumptions about the world, to ask questions and decide for themselves based on reason and experience, how best to interact with the world.Read more ›
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I couldn't really get into it. I only bought it for school anyway, so it wasn't a major disappointment. It was just ok.Published on January 21, 2014 by Brenda Stevenson
I really enjoy the Penguin books and feel that this is a very complete and solid edition of an important philosophical work.Published on April 10, 2013 by Flann O'Brien
This book is a required read for most philosophy programs across the country for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by mrnolanburris
It has been many years since I pondered and repondered over this volume. Locke is an important figure in the history of Western Philosophy. Read morePublished on January 19, 2005 by Shalom Freedman