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Descartes was much impressed by the fact that of all the sciences ' Arithmetic and
Geometry alone are free from any taint of falsity or uncertainty ' [ ( 1 ) 1 . 4 ) . He
explained how knowledge is acquired in those sciences in terms of two ' mental ...
As he makes explicit elsewhere , he has in mind here Descartes and his
followers ( IV . vii . 12 , ( 1 ) 42 - 3 , 78 , 100 ) . In the Principles Descartes
distinguished two kinds of created things or substances : soul or mind or spirit ,
and body .
of it makes it all the more initially difficult for Descartes to hold that we are always
thinking . We do not seem to be conscious of thinking when asleep . For
Descartes this would have to mean that we do not think then . If , on the other
hand , it ...
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Book Review Locke: A Biography by Roger Woolhouse The English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) left behind not only "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" (1690) but also his laundry lists and ... Read full review
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English philosopher John Locke's theories of human nature and knowledge have deeply influenced political theory, as well as our notions about education and civil liberties, most crucially providing ... Read full review
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