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His claim is rather, he says, that we have in our minds no ideas not derived from
experience. ... Of course Locke could hardly agree with a doctrine of either sort,
for if there were innate knowledge the ideas in which it is expressed would be ...
But now what lay behind that objection, and hence what Locke was really
rejecting, was the thought that such truths, of which we are certain but hardly 'by
observation', must be 'innate ideas or Principles'.3 Of course there are passages
jection of innate ideas in these passages is undertaken not for its own sake but
as an indirect rejection of innate knowledge. So the first book of the Essay is
primarily an attack on innate knowledge or principles, rather than on innate ideas
, the ...
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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