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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding : World's Classics - John Locke

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 28th August 2008
ISBN: 9780199296620
Number Of Pages: 576

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John Locke's classic work An Essay Concerning Human Understanding laid the foundation of British empiricism and remains of enduring interest today. Rejecting doctrines of innate principles and ideas, Locke shows how all our ideas, even the most abstract and complex, are grounded in human experience--attained by sensation of external things or reflection upon our mental activities. A thorough examination of the communication of ideas through language and the convention of taking words as signs of ideas paves the way for his penetrating critique of the limitations of ideas and the extent of our knowledge of ourselves, the world, God and morals. This abridgement, based on P.H. Nidditch's acclaimed critical edition, retains in full all key passages, thus enabling Locke's arguments to be more clearly followed. The new introduction by Pauline Phemister provides valuable background on Locke's essay, illuminating its arguments and conclusions. The book also includes a chronological table of significant events, select bibliography, succinct explanatory notes, and an index--all of which supply additional historical information and aids to navigating the text.

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Locke's Life and Writing
The Essay concerning Human Understanding
Books I and II: Ideas and Principles
Book III: Language and Abstraction
Book IV: Knowledge
Reception and Legacy
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of John Locke
An Essay Concerning Human Understandingp. 1
Extracts from Locke's Letters to Edward Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcesterp. 464
Explanatory Notesp. 497
Indexp. 515
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ISBN: 9780199296620
ISBN-10: 0199296626
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 28th August 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.42

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