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Apparently, then, 'maxims' or 'principles' are self-evident truths of great generality
and abstractness. In fact they form an element of the Aristotelian theory of scientia
or scientific demonstration which was mentioned at the end of the last section.
We learnt a little about the Aristotelian or Scholastic theory of scientia or scientific
knowledge in section 5. We shall look at it here in more detail. Locke's own
account of the theory is rather brief. After all, he says, it was 'the common
Sergeant's defence of the theory in 1696 came after some decades of attack on it.
In the 1660s Sprat had referred disparagingly to the attempts of the 'Schole-men'
to spread knowledge 'by insisting altogether on established Axioms' and on ...
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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