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Locke objects to these arguments that the supposed initial facts to be explained
are not really so ; that innateness ... Locke now portrays the innatists ' argument
as shifting , in reaction to this last point , from ' universal assent ' to the claim that ...
Moreover it is not necessary even here : An argument does not even have to
approximate to standard syllogistic form for it to be followed . Observation shows
that many people do not in fact reason syllogistically . Syllogistic form cannot be
It is so also when he says that the syllogism is of even less use ' in Probabilities '
than in knowledge , and refers to the idea of ' topical Argument ' ( IV . xvii . 5 ) .
The dialectical use of the syllogism is the subject of Aristotle ' s Topics . A feature
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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
Origins and Aims of the Essay
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