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John Locke is a 17th century English philosopher. Locke had a profound influence in the realm of political philosophies.

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Does the use of senses require any knowledge about what is sensed? [closed]

Does the use of any sense (hearing, sight, pitch, proprioception, heat/cold, pain) require any knowledge about what is sensed in order to be used effectively? I phrased this poorly. I really mean &...
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Did Locke think that animals have innate knowledge?

Locke famously believed that humans were born as a tabula rasa. Did he also think the animals are blank slates?
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Justifying the Principle of Equality at Birth: Secular Foundations and Philosophical Perspectives

John Locke argued that all men are born equal with christian belief. how can liberal atheists prove men are born equal?
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Is John Locke's Empiricism Unempirical?

The esteemed seventeenth-century English philosopher John Locke famously declares that we are tabula rasa (blank slates). When it comes to human understanding we rely upon the force of experience (...
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Inquiring about Perspectives on the Theory of "the People" as a Political Concept

Seeking your insights and recommendations regarding a specific aspect of political philosophy - the theory of "the People." I am currently exploring various perspectives on this concept and ...
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Seeking Clarification on the Terminology Used in Spinoza and Locke's Epistemologies

I'm currently studying the works of Spinoza and Locke and I'm struggling to fully comprehend their respective epistemologies. Specifically, I'm trying to understand the relationship between Spinoza's ...
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Who originally made a coherent argument that government is inevitable because in "anarchy" a government would come about anyway?

There is a generally known argument, which is that if there is no central authority that maintains a preponderance of violence, then there would be a kind of power vacuum, and some group would fill ...
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A question about Berkeley's attack on Locke's distinction of primary and secondary qualities

I'm reading W. T. Jones account of Berkeley's theory, and I find that in general Berkeley convincingly demonstrated some weak points that are fundamental to Locke's theory. But there is one of his ...
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John Locke on socks and identity : reference request

I am aware that the question is somewhat vague, but I am trying to locate where in Locke's writings the argument about identity – exemplified with him repairing his socks again and again – is to be ...
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Does Locke's saying "the mind has no other immediate object but its own ideas …." deconstruct his own general theory and agree with Berkeley’s?

Locke says: "Since the mind ... hath no other immediate object but its own ideas, which it alone can contemplate, it is evident that our knowledge is only conversant about them." If we take ...
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Question on Locke and Hobbes's views on private property

I've read chapters 1-9 of Locke's Second Treatise of Government as well as chapters i, x, xiii-xviii, and xxi of Hobbes's Leviathan. While Locke spends the entire fifth chapter discussing private ...
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John Locke makes a distinction between voluntary actions and free actions

In Part II, Chapter 21 of his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke makes a distinction between voluntary actions and free actions. Explain how Locke understands this distinction. I don't ...
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Locke's psychology : reference request

While histories of philosophy traditionally devote a paragraph to the psychology of each author , it seems to me it is not the case for Locke. There might be reasons for this: (1) Locke is somewhat ...
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Was John Locke an intellectual father of "economic growth" as a social goal?

I am researching on the origin of the "economic growth imperative". In this book it says: A central theme of Locke's political teachings is growth; a theme which will not only be central to ...
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Is there any inconsistency in Berkeley's philosophy?

Does Berkeley's empiricist philosophy contain any inconsistencies? What are the inconsistent sides of Locke's or Hume's philosophies? How is Berkeley's world different from a Matrix-like world? The ...
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John Locke's historical context of Two Treatises of Government

I know that this a really vague question but, I just want to know what are the principal historical events that influenced John Locke regarding his Second Treatise (specifically the ideas exposed on ...
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What exactly is the philosophical genealogy of racism, in particular Locke and Hume?

Afua Hirsch in her book, Brit(ish) writes: I was in my thirties when I learned that both Locke and Hume were also important proponents of racism, pouring that same intellect they used to such great ...
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Innateness - Locke's Criticism - Comprehending a philosophical text

During the discussion of "Innate Knowledge Thesis", there comes a point when some rationalists defend their standing in such a way which shows it as the capacity of mind to knowing several truhts. And,...
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"Idea of Power" - Locke and Hume

What is the concept of "power" in the context of "causation" in the philosophy of John Locke and David Hume? At one instance, in his treatise "An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding", Hume seems ...
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What is John Locke's basic idea of individuality?

Are we social or solitary by Locke's reckoning? How can we use his argument to oppose Aristotle's idea of humans essentially being social or political? I have read the chapter 2 'Of the state of ...
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What did John Locke intend to say by 'talk in a road'?

Primary Source: Locke. Some Thoughts Concerning Education. p. 94 Bottom. I first chanced this at: Thomas Morris PhD (Yale). Philosophy For Dummies (1999 1 ed). p. 87.   When any new thing comes in ...
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Difference between Locke's Primary and Secondary Qualities

I understand Locke's definitions of Primary Qualities as being mind-independent and residing in the world, and Secondary Qualities as being mind-dependent and reliant on us. But did he provide a ...
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Locke's Anarchy versus Marx's Anarchy

I just got through reading Locke's Second Treatise of Government, and I read quite a bit of Marx a while back. They both have interesting ideas on the state of humans in a world devoid of civilization ...
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How is experience different for Locke and Hume?

Am I right to say that both Locke and Hume are empiricists? Their ideas are pretty similar but they seem to use human's experience as part as their argument differently but I can't seem to point out ...
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Most respectable in conservatism

Bertrand Russell wrote in his "History of Western Philosophy" describing John Locke, the following: He makes a great deal of the imperishable character of the precious metals, which, he says, are ...
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Is syllogism an inference rule?

I was reading Anthony Andres' article, "ARISTOTLE AND THE CONVENTIONAL LOGICIANS ON THE FOURTH FIGURE". The author explains why according to him the introduction of the fourth figure by his ...
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Who was the Philosopher who said to jump into the fire if you think it is not real?

Just as the title says. There was a philosopher who said that you should jump into a fire if you think it might not exist and see how it goes. I cannot find it on google, maybe I am typing in the ...
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Locke's labor theory of property and population growth

I have a very rudimentary understanding of Locke's labor theory of property. The key argument is expressed in Chapter 5 of Book II of the Two Treatises of Government: Though the earth, and all ...
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What is the difference between the idea of the "social contract" in Hobbes and Locke?

I have just read about them both in an introductory book to philosophy, but I am confused between the interpretations of these two people, of the "social contract" in political philosophy.
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Empiricism out the door

I remember having read something like No matter how long we debate about the existence of the external world, at the end of the evening we all exit the room through the door Or something like ...
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Locke - A return to nature

In Locke's treatises, does he discuss/explore leaving a government as an individual as opposed to a revolution of the people and returning to a state of nature if one does not agree to abide by the ...
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Locke and thinking of the soul

In book II (chapter 1) of his An essay concerning human understanding Locke talks quite a bit about whether the soul always thinks. Why is this such an important issue to him that he spends multiple ...
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What is the contrast between Hume's and Locke's philosophies of science?

I'm writing an essay on Hume and was hoping to contrast his empiricism to Locke's in it. I have come across a commentary, which doesn't go into great depth; could someone explain it in a little ...
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Those who hold that only immaterial substances can think, must show why personal identity CANNOT be preserved in the change of immaterial substances?

Motivation (but not on): p 335, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). Primary Source: Paragraph 14, CHAPTER XXVII, OF IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY; An Essay ...
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'Which qualities are commonly thought to be the same in those bodies that those ideas are in us'

Source: p 210 Bottom, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). Primary Source: Book 2, Chapter 8, ¶ 16, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) by John ...
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Why did not Locke write 'Qualities', when he meant Qualities by '‘ideas’ as in the things themselves'?

Source: p 208, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). Primary Source: Book 2, Chapter 8, ¶ 8, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) by John Locke. ...
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How does Locke's realism differ from Kant's realism?

I've been studying Locke recently and I'm having trouble understanding how his epistemic position differs from Kant's, and by implication, why did Kant see his epistemology as being so revolutionary ...
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Are Lockean Ideas phenomenological?

When Locke describes gold, a favourite example of his, he writes: the greatest part of the Ideas, that make up our complex Idea of Gold, are Yellowness, Great Weight, Ductility, Fusibility, and ...
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Was Locke right that analytic knowledge is vacuous?

According to Locke, it is impossible to obtain substantive knowledge from analytic propositions. Statements like "triangle has three sides" are analytic, but one cannot derive the Pythagorean Theorem ...
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What is the difference between Aristotle and Locke's empiricism?

Both Aristotle and Locke are commonly viewed as empiricists. Indeed, both state roughly that "there is nothing in the intellect that is not first in the senses" and that "the mind is a blank slate". ...
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What is the Difference Between Human Rights and Natural Rights?

When people discuss the human rights and natural rights, there seems to be a distinction between the two, where standard interpretations of human rights (such as the Universal Declaration of Human ...
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What are the major criticisms of the Labour Theory of Value?

Philosophically speaking it seems that the only & sole determinant of value of goods can only be Labour - through labour of the spirit, mind and hands. This truth is true only when labour is seen ...
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What is the meaning and substance of Imperial?

In post-colonial and marxist theory one often comes across the word Imperial. What is the meaning of this word? How does it differ from say a monarchy? Are there in fact several kinds of Imperialism? ...
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Racism and empiricism - Locke and Hume in the dock?

Edward Said writes in his book Orientalism Similarly-as Harry Bracken has been tirelessly showing-philosophers will conduct their discussions of Locke, Hume, and empiricism without ever taking into ...
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What are the main differences between Berkeley's and Locke's view of ideas?

I'm currently taking Modern Philosophy at my university, and we went over Berkeley and Locke in a span of ten minutes in order to get to Hume. As far as what they (Berkeley and Locke) thought about "...
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Does the 'too many thinkers' argument cripple Locke's conception of Man and Persons?

Does the too many thinkers problem present a counter-argument to John Locke's account of personal identity, if we apply it to his conceptions of Man and Person? If so, how might Locke answer this ...
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Did Locke reject the idea that people had temporal parts?

I'm currently studying Locke's theory of personal identity and wondered if his writing rejected the idea that people had temporal parts. Does anyone have any references that would support the idea ...
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What consequences has Locke's theory of knowledge had on modern political thought?

According to John Locke's notion of tabula rasa, there are no innate ideas in the mind. All human knowledge comes from sensible experience. Assuming this principle, it follows that there is no innate ...
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