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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 .
Descartes ' view will seem very implausible unless we realise that by ' thought he
did not just mean deliberation or some strictly intellectual activity . He took
thinking to include all forms of consciousness , anything that involved possession
of a ...
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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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