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28 ) . In learning about the properties of gold ' we can go no farther than particular
Experience informs us ' [ IV . ïï . 29 ) . But observation and experiment can provide
us only with ' opinion ' . Strictly speaking we can have no knowledge ...
Does it also look back to Aristotle ' s distinction between ' scientific knowledge '
and ' opinion ' ? It certainly alludes to Aristotle ' s and takes over its terminology .
Aristotle ' s distinction was a commonplace in the seventeenth century .
... necessary connexion visible need not mean that there is not one there . So
while for the Scholastic tradition ' opinion ' concerns contingencies , for Locke it
concerns what to us seem like contingencies , but what in reality may be
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