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Locke, John
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. 2 volumes bound in one (Complete)
J. Churchill (Vol. 1); A. and J. Churchill (Vol. 2), London, 1716. Octavo (8 x 5"). [32], 372, [1]; [16], 340, [25, index], [1]pp. Contemporary full calf, with modern white lettering on spine. Raised bands. Previous owner's gift inscription on front free endpaper: "To the Edinburgh Academical Club, This Book Is Presented By One of its Original Members, John M. Balfour.* 1829." Engraved frontispiece portrait of John Locke by J. Nutting, after a painting by S. Brounower. Title page for each volume. Seventh 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 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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