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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a work by John Locke concerning the foundation of human knowledge and understanding.

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a work by John Locke concerning the foundation of human knowledge and understanding. It first appeared in 1689 (although dated 1690) with the printed title An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. He describes the mind at birth as a blank slate (tabula rasa, although he did not use those actual words) filled later through experience.

An Essay concerning Human Understanding

An Essay concerning Human Understanding. Source: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689). Chapter II no innate principles in the mind. This opinion I have at large examined already; and, I suppose, what I have said in the foregoing book will be much more easily admitted, when I have shown whence the understanding may get all the ideas it has, and by what ways and degrees they may come into the mind; for which I shall appeal to every one’s own observation and.

Chapter xxxiii: The association of ideas. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Book II: Ideas. Essay II. John Locke. Chapter xxvii: Identity and diversity Chapter xxviii: Other relations Chapter xxix: Clear and obscure, distinct and confused ideas Chapter xxx: Real and fantastical ideas Chapter xxxi: Adequate and inadequate ideas Chapter xxxii: True and false ideas Chapter xxxiii: The association of ideas. 112 122 127 131 133 137 141. i: Ideas and their origin. Chapter i: Ideas in general, and their origin.

Edward Lord Bishop of Worcester, concerning some Passages relating to Mr. Locke’s Essay of Human Understanding, in a late Discourse of his Lordship’s in Vindication of the Trinity

VI. VOLUME II. AN Essay concerning Human Understanding, Book III. Chap. VII. to the end of Chap. IV. Book IV. An Essay concerning Human Understanding concluded. Defence of Mr. Locke’s Opinion concerning personal Identity. Edward Lord Bishop of Worcester, concerning some Passages relating to Mr. Locke’s Essay of Human Understanding, in a late Discourse of his Lordship’s in Vindication of the Trinity. Mr. Locke’s Reply to the Bishop of Worcester’s Answer to his Letter. An Answer to Remarks upon an Essay concerning Human Understanding. Locke’s Reply to the Bishop of Worcester’s Answer to his second Letter.

The Essay Concerning Human Understanding was the first work of its kind to appear in modern times. It was an attempt on the part of the author to make a serious and systematic inquiry in the problems of epistemology

The Essay Concerning Human Understanding was the first work of its kind to appear in modern times. It was an attempt on the part of the author to make a serious and systematic inquiry in the problems of epistemology. It marked an important beginning, for once the inquiry had been brought to the attention of a reputable group of scholars, it became the central issue in the philosophical discussions that took place during the next one and one-half centuries.

I asked whether he understood Brazilian; he said No, but he had taken care to have two interpreters by him, the one a Dutchman that spoke Brazilian, and the other a Brazilian that spoke Dutch; that he asked them separately an. .

I asked whether he understood Brazilian; he said No, but he had taken care to have two interpreters by him, the one a Dutchman that spoke Brazilian, and the other a Brazilian that spoke Dutch; that he asked them separately and privately, and both of them agreed in telling him just the same thing that the parrot had said. That this is so, we have some kind of evidence in our very bodies, all whose particles, whilst vitally united to this same thinking conscious self, so that we feel when they are touched, and are affected by, and conscious of good or harm that happens to them, as a part of ourselves; . of our thinking conscious self.

Locke, John John Locke, oil on canvas by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1697; in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. In Book IV of the Essay, Locke reaches the putative heart of his inquiry, the nature and extent of human knowledge. Theory of ideas In Book IV of the Essay, Locke reaches the putative heart of his inquiry, the nature and extent of human knowledge. His precise definition of knowledge entails that very few things actually count as such for him. In general, he excludes knowledge claims in which there is no evident connection or exclusion between the ideas of which the claim is composed.

It has been many years since I pondered and repondered over this volume. Locke is an important figure in the history of Western Philosophy. He is really the founding figure of the great empirical tradition which would go through Hume all the way up to the various analytical philosophies of the twentieth century. He is also a major political thinker whose importance for the great founders of America cannot be overestimated.

The way shown how we come by any knowledge, sufficient to prove it not innate

The way shown how we come by any knowledge, sufficient to prove it not innate.

Presents the entire text of Locke's analysis of the meaning and use of words and the nature and reality of knowledge and opinion

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding epub download

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Author: John Locke

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Lightseeker
I read Locke's Two Treatises of Government in the late 1970s or even earlier. I wanted to know how our government became so unwieldy and I needed something to contrast it with. Locke came well recommended. I didn't know about his book on understanding or I would have read it then, too. In those days, the lines drawn between liberty and progressivism or socialism were not drawn as clearly. I needed to be able to check the thinking and logic of others around me and in fact, more precisely, my own. To this end I read books on logic, like Jevons and Bacon. I bought this book to round out my library and further my understanding of my fellow Americans. To understand how we come to understand can be an important factor in our relations with other people.
Lightseeker
I read Locke's Two Treatises of Government in the late 1970s or even earlier. I wanted to know how our government became so unwieldy and I needed something to contrast it with. Locke came well recommended. I didn't know about his book on understanding or I would have read it then, too. In those days, the lines drawn between liberty and progressivism or socialism were not drawn as clearly. I needed to be able to check the thinking and logic of others around me and in fact, more precisely, my own. To this end I read books on logic, like Jevons and Bacon. I bought this book to round out my library and further my understanding of my fellow Americans. To understand how we come to understand can be an important factor in our relations with other people.
Andromajurus
Large margins for notes, however highlighted ink bleeds right through. The cover tears very easily, as do the pages. However, this was a perfect copy for a highschool history class.
Andromajurus
Large margins for notes, however highlighted ink bleeds right through. The cover tears very easily, as do the pages. However, this was a perfect copy for a highschool history class.
Kardana
This book is where John Locke laid down his "Tabula Rasa" and this ideology has carried on through centuries (and even up to today for those who aren't educated enough to know he's actually been proven wrong. In fact most modern philosophers have been proven wrong on most of the things they wrote). Nonetheless, this is a great book and an interesting read. There are four "books" within this book and each chapter has a lot of rich information. It's a very dense text with Locke covering a lot throughout. This is (arguably) one of the top influential philosophical texts that has been written and it's studied in modern philosophy courses at my university. I would recommend this book to anyone that's a novice to philosophy.
Kardana
This book is where John Locke laid down his "Tabula Rasa" and this ideology has carried on through centuries (and even up to today for those who aren't educated enough to know he's actually been proven wrong. In fact most modern philosophers have been proven wrong on most of the things they wrote). Nonetheless, this is a great book and an interesting read. There are four "books" within this book and each chapter has a lot of rich information. It's a very dense text with Locke covering a lot throughout. This is (arguably) one of the top influential philosophical texts that has been written and it's studied in modern philosophy courses at my university. I would recommend this book to anyone that's a novice to philosophy.
Mozel
Beautiful! I read and finished Mr. Locke's book, and can't help but feel him a great friend. I invested much time in learning his philosophy that by the time I was done with his book, I could not help but feel a bit melancholy. You will learn much from this book, and will gain even more from daily contemplation! The book itself is not worth buying in hardcover, but I give it five stars because I just love this book that much.
Mozel
Beautiful! I read and finished Mr. Locke's book, and can't help but feel him a great friend. I invested much time in learning his philosophy that by the time I was done with his book, I could not help but feel a bit melancholy. You will learn much from this book, and will gain even more from daily contemplation! The book itself is not worth buying in hardcover, but I give it five stars because I just love this book that much.
Malann
My purpose in purchasing this book was to read the full text as John Lock wrote it. Most of the texts popularly available are abridgements. However, a down side to the text is that it does not include a table of contents and the chapter headings, which most of the abridgements do. In any case, this book is one of the most important in modern philosophy, representing the English tradition of modesty in what human beings can know. Of course, it is empiricism at its best as well as at its worst. Yet, his clear objective is to get everyone to have more modesty in their beliefs, and therefore, they will be more tolerant of the beliefs of others. In our ideological age, these are good reminders.
Malann
My purpose in purchasing this book was to read the full text as John Lock wrote it. Most of the texts popularly available are abridgements. However, a down side to the text is that it does not include a table of contents and the chapter headings, which most of the abridgements do. In any case, this book is one of the most important in modern philosophy, representing the English tradition of modesty in what human beings can know. Of course, it is empiricism at its best as well as at its worst. Yet, his clear objective is to get everyone to have more modesty in their beliefs, and therefore, they will be more tolerant of the beliefs of others. In our ideological age, these are good reminders.
Lost Python
This must be a very good book because it's very famous and very long. The best bit of this book is the chapter on infinity, I think. (Pages 145-155.) But it has no editorial introduction to give the book context, and the syntax is tricky to understand unless you're familiar with regional British English. It's long-winded and repetitive, and the subject matter is of no great consequence.

The infinity chapter gives an excellent explanation of the issues surrounding infinity-related concepts. It's highly relevant to mathematicians who might want to understand why there's any difficulty. Nowadays, mathematics is full of infinities, without philosophical discussion. In Locke's day, this subject was still controversial.

Concerning the lack of editorial introduction, there isn't even a basic outline of the publication history. So I don't know which edition this is. Apparently Locke's "Essay concerning human understanding" was first outlined in a 1688 publication. (See page xvii.) Then one other source (not this book) tells me that there were 4 editions in Locke's lifetime, the first two being in 1689 and 1694. Another source says 1690, 1694, 1695 and 1700. But page 15 of this book mentions a ninth edition, upon which this publication is apparently based. On page xx, the author's foreword states that this is the 6th edition. So it's anyone's guess whether this is an edition which Locke saw, or whether it is some later adaptation.

The date of publication matters because one naturally wishes to compare the ideas in a book with the ideas in other books around that time, to evaluate influences etc. This book was written in the time of Boyle and Newton. (See page xvi.)

If you're not a native speaker of British English, with some familiarity with regional variations in sentence structure, you might have difficulties with this book. Often the conjunctions or prepositions are omitted, as one might do in regional spoken English. Very often, I had to re-read sentences to determine where the clauses started and ended. This makes the reading a little tiring.

The text is interspersed with some kind of a flame-war with some trolling Bishop who seemed to know nothing about Locke's subject. These pointless responses to pointless open letters are not a really good use of paper. The author must have been very rich to afford to include so much waffle along with the main text.

All in all, I think this is the kind of book you really should buy and put on your shelf for historical reasons. I wouldn't recommend actually reading it. It's a big book at a low price. A real bargain!
Lost Python
This must be a very good book because it's very famous and very long. The best bit of this book is the chapter on infinity, I think. (Pages 145-155.) But it has no editorial introduction to give the book context, and the syntax is tricky to understand unless you're familiar with regional British English. It's long-winded and repetitive, and the subject matter is of no great consequence.

The infinity chapter gives an excellent explanation of the issues surrounding infinity-related concepts. It's highly relevant to mathematicians who might want to understand why there's any difficulty. Nowadays, mathematics is full of infinities, without philosophical discussion. In Locke's day, this subject was still controversial.

Concerning the lack of editorial introduction, there isn't even a basic outline of the publication history. So I don't know which edition this is. Apparently Locke's "Essay concerning human understanding" was first outlined in a 1688 publication. (See page xvii.) Then one other source (not this book) tells me that there were 4 editions in Locke's lifetime, the first two being in 1689 and 1694. Another source says 1690, 1694, 1695 and 1700. But page 15 of this book mentions a ninth edition, upon which this publication is apparently based. On page xx, the author's foreword states that this is the 6th edition. So it's anyone's guess whether this is an edition which Locke saw, or whether it is some later adaptation.

The date of publication matters because one naturally wishes to compare the ideas in a book with the ideas in other books around that time, to evaluate influences etc. This book was written in the time of Boyle and Newton. (See page xvi.)

If you're not a native speaker of British English, with some familiarity with regional variations in sentence structure, you might have difficulties with this book. Often the conjunctions or prepositions are omitted, as one might do in regional spoken English. Very often, I had to re-read sentences to determine where the clauses started and ended. This makes the reading a little tiring.

The text is interspersed with some kind of a flame-war with some trolling Bishop who seemed to know nothing about Locke's subject. These pointless responses to pointless open letters are not a really good use of paper. The author must have been very rich to afford to include so much waffle along with the main text.

All in all, I think this is the kind of book you really should buy and put on your shelf for historical reasons. I wouldn't recommend actually reading it. It's a big book at a low price. A real bargain!
Coiwield
This book is a required read for most philosophy programs across the country for both undergraduate and graduate studies. If you're not in a college class where you can find other minds to chew this with I would recommend reading journal articles or other writings from philosophers that responded in some way to the premise this author is putting forth.
Coiwield
This book is a required read for most philosophy programs across the country for both undergraduate and graduate studies. If you're not in a college class where you can find other minds to chew this with I would recommend reading journal articles or other writings from philosophers that responded in some way to the premise this author is putting forth.
Missing every other page for most of the book which makes it pretty much unreadable. The ink is printed terribly and some words are impossible to make out. Waste of money.
Missing every other page for most of the book which makes it pretty much unreadable. The ink is printed terribly and some words are impossible to make out. Waste of money.