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But Locke's commentators have implied an answer to it when they discuss what
he says elsewhere about 'the obscure idea of active power' [Gibson 107; Aaron
184]. In a lengthy chapter on the idea of 'Power' [II.xxi] Locke distinguishes active
only an obscure idea of active power? It is often supposed that Locke has in mind
that all we observe is the bare fact that one ball begins to move after another has
approached and come into contact with it. We do not see why there should be ...
It is for this reason that, as we saw earlier, we can get from bodies only an
obscure idea of active power. '[F]rom reflection on what passes in our selves', on
the other hand, we can get a clear idea of active power, '[t]he Idea of the
beginning of ...
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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