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It is generally agreed that what Locke says about intuition and demonstration has
obvious and close affinities with Descartes' doctrine about the way in which
knowledge is to be acquired.1 Descartes was much impressed by the fact that of
Locke says twice in the Essay that the only way we can imagine bodies to move
each other is by impulse on contact [II.viii.ll, IV.x 19]. But he was later persuaded
by 'the judicious Mr. Newton's incomparable book', Principia, that bodies are also
If one takes what Locke says about active power in this way it would be easy to
suppose that he has in effect provided an explanation of how we are 'in the dark'
about the 'communication of motion by impulse'. On this understanding of it 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