- Author : John Locke
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1929
- Genre : Liberty
- Pages : 23
- ISBN : STANFORD:36105011638587
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Georges Dicker here provides a commentary on John Locke's masterwork, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding-the foundational work of classical Empiricism. Dicker's commentary is an accessible guide for students who are reading Locke for the first time; a useful research tool for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students; and a contribution to Locke scholarship for professional scholars. It is designed to be read alongside the Essay, but does not presuppose familiarity with it. Dicker expounds and critically discusses the main theses and arguments of each of the Essay's four books, on the innatism that Locke opposes, the origin and classification of ideas, language and meaning, and knowledge, respectively. He analyses Locke's influential explorations of related topics, including primary and secondary qualities, substance, identity, personal identity, free will, nominal and real essences, perception, and external-world skepticism, among others. Written in an analytical style that strives for clarity, the book offers careful textual analyses as well as step-by-step reconstructions of Locke's arguments, and it references and engages with relevant work of other major philosophers and Locke commentators.
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"This essay represents the substance of a thesis accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Harvard University. Although chiefly expository, it is written from the standpoint of constructive criticism. The standpoint itself was earned during a long apprenticeship in philosophy under Professor George Holmes Howison, of the University of California, who, the writer thinks, is one of the most significant of those contemporary philosophers who have made personality the fundamental problem of metaphysics. That the pupil has since modified the viewpoint of his master in important particulars need not concern the reader in connection with the present study. The writer's total metaphysical doctrine, so far as he has any, is not obtruded here save by suggestion. All references to Locke's Essay, as well as to Berkeley's Works, are to the editions edited by A. C. Fraser, unless otherwise noted. All references to Hume's Treatise are to the Selby-Bigge edition. Other references are self-explanatory. Portions of citations are italicized where emphasis is desirable and where no perversion of meaning is involved"--Préface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
Locke is shown here in three different works. "On the Conduct of the Understanding" shows him writing primarily as an educator. The "Second Treatise of Government" is an expose of his well-known genius as a political philosopher. Lastly, "A Letter on Toleration" demonstrates his ability as a theologian.