The Cambridge companion to Locke's "Essay concerning human understanding" /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Newman, Lex, 1957-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Online Access: Online version
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This excellent addition to the Cambridge "Companion" series consists of 15 new essays discussing the basic concepts and arguments found in Locke's Essay. Each article clarifies the fundamental issues and explains Locke's views. Half of these are concerned with Locke's views on the origin of knowledge, addressing concepts such as innate ideas, power, substance, identity, and the distinction between primary and secondary qualities. Other essays address topics such as essences, language, moral epistemology, and faith. For that reason, many of the essays tend to be longer than typical journal articles. They are, however, clear and very readable. For example, Catherine Wilson's essay nicely gathers Locke's scattered remarks on moral epistemology, and his seemingly contradictory views regarding the nature of morality, and clearly explains how they were meant as part of a coherent whole. Although aimed at advanced undergraduates and graduate students, this collection of essays will be of value to many professionals as well. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. H. Spence Adrian College

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