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The theory ofscientia also holds that the derivation of all our fresh knowledge
from praecognita and definitions is carried on in syllogistic form. Indeed just as
reason was part of the essence of man so the syllogism was supposed to be the
The syllogism, however, is relevant only to the third of these exercises of the
faculty of reason. Moreover it is not necessary even here. An argument does not
even have to approximate to standard syllogistic form for it to be followed.
To admit that man's reason had failed to produce a complete and systematic
body of ethical knowledge is not, however, to admit that it has failed completely in
what Locke calls 'its great and proper business of morality' [(5) 7. 140]. It is quite ...
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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