Essay on Human Understanding, An: LOCKE, John Essay on Human Understanding, An: LOCKE, John Essay on Human Understanding, An: LOCKE, John Essay on Human Understanding, An: LOCKE, John

Essay on Human Understanding, An

LOCKE, John

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A Spectacular Copy in Contemporary CalfLOCKE, John. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. Written by John Locke, Gent. The Third Edition. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695. Folio 11 15/16 x 7 5/8 inches; 303 x 194 mm.). [xxxix], [xl, blank], 407, [1, blank], [11, index], [1, advertisements] pp. Complete with the engraved frontispiece portrait of Locke by Vanderbanck, after Brounower.Contemporary sprinkled calf, covers ruled in blind, spine with five raised bands, edges sprinkled red. A remarkable and spectacular copy.Third edition of the "most popular and enduring of all Locke's writings" (Yolton), "a line-by-line reprint of the Second edition (1694) with minor adjustments and the errata of the second edition corrected, but also with many misprints."John Locke FRS (29 August 1632 - 28 October 1704) was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism". Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.Locke's theory of mind is often cited as the origin of modern conceptions of identity and the self, figuring prominently in the work of later philosophers such as Hume, Rousseau, and Kant. Locke was the first to define the self through a continuity of consciousness. He postulated that, at birth, the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa. Contrary to Cartesian philosophy based on pre-existing concepts, he maintained that we are born without innate ideas, and that knowledge is instead determined only by experience derived from sense perception.An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, concerns 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. The essay was one of the principal sources of empiricism in modern philosophy, and influenced many enlightenment philosophers, such as David Hume and George Berkeley.Book I of the Essay is Locke's attempt to refute the rationalist notion of innate ideas. Book II sets out Locke's theory of ideas, including his distinction between passively acquired simple ideas, such as "red," "sweet," "round," etc., and actively built complex ideas, such as numbers, causes and effects, abstract ideas, ideas of substances, identity, and diversity. Locke also distinguishes between the truly existing primary qualities of bodies, like shape, motion and the arrangement of minute particles, and the secondary qualities that are "powers to produce various sensations in us" such as "red" and "sweet." These secondary qualities, Locke claims, are dependent on the primary qualities. He also offers a theory of personal identity, offering a largely psychological criterion. Book III is concerned with language, and Book IV with knowledge, including intuition, mathematics, moral philosophy, natural philosophy ("science"), faith, and opinion.Yolton, 63; Printing and the Mind of Man, 164 (first edition); Grolier, 100 English, 36 (first edition). Bookseller Inventory #

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