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To see why some first principles are definitions we must concentrate on formal
causality . We have just seen that ... But what captures the form or nature of a kind
or species of thing is , of course , nothing other than the definition of that species .
We have noted that along with principles which are common to all the sciences
these real definitions of the essences of things are arrived at on the basis of ... But
having angles of this size is no part of the essence or definition of a triangle .
Definitions of the species under consideration are also required . In Book III , ' Of
Words ' , Locke frequently attacks the idea of real definition that is involved here .
What he says often | takes the form of a claim that the essences of things are not ...
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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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