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Locke, John
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. 2 vol.-set (Complete)
Edmund Parker, London, 1731. Octavo (8 x 5"). [4], IV, [26], 372pp (Vol. 1); [2]pp (Publisher's advertisement), [16], 340, [27, index], [1]pp (Vol. 2). 19th-century black- and blind-stamped full calf, with gold numerotation on spines. Raised bands. First volume with an engraved frontispiece portrait of John Locke by Vertue, after a painting by G. Knetter. Decorative headpieces and initials. Tenth and enlarged edition of John Locke's Essay "Concerning Human Understanding," a philosophical landmark originally published in 1689 (although dated 1690). One of the principal sources of empiricism in modern philosophy, this essay presents a detailed, systematic philosophy of mind and thought, and wrestles with fundamental questions about how we think and perceive, and it even touches on how we express ourselves through language, logic, and religious practices. In the introduction, entitled 'The Epistle to the Reader,' Locke describes how he became involved in his current mode of philosophical thinking. He relates an anecdote about a conversation with friends that made him realize that men often suffer in their pursuit of knowledge because they fail to determine the limits of their understanding. The Essay is divided into four books (two per volume): First volume: - Book I is devoted to an attack on nativism or the doctrine of innate ideas. Locke allowed that some ideas are in the mind from an early age, but argued that such ideas are furnished by the senses starting in the womb: for instance, differences between colors or tastes. If we have a universal understanding of a concept li … [Click Below for Full Description]
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