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An essay on humane understanding. 2nd ed.
Awnsham & John Churchill, London 1694 - Locke, John (1632-1704). An essay concerning humane understanding. . . . The second edition, with large additions. Folio. [40], 407, [13, incl. index]pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait by P. Vanderbanck after Sylvester Brounower. London: Printed for Awnham and John Churchil . . . and Samuel Manship, 1694. 313 x 187 mm. Calf ca. 1694, rebacked, corners a bit worn. Light soiling on preliminary leaves, but very good.Second edition, with approximately 50 pages of new material, and the first to include Locke's name on the title. "Locke is known today primarily as the author of An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. This would have no doubt pleased him. It was the work in which he invested the most effort and on which he staked his reputation" (Attig, p. 40). Locke's philosophy was founded on psychological principles about the scope, nature and boundaries of human knowledge that limited the data of psychology to the contents of an individual's consciousness-what happens in the mind when a person sees something, remembers a past event, puzzles over a problem, or experiences a distinct emotion. Mental life could be known, by introspection, for what it was; Locke's psychology thus was principally a descriptive science without any need for elaborate techniques of analysis. Locke's philosophy has not only had a profound effect upon philosophical and political thought, but also laid the foundations of modern psychology, dominating the field until well into the nineteenth century.The Essay was first published in 1690, but Locke continued to revise it during his lifetime. "Four editions were published during his lifetime . . . To these editions, he added important discussions on liberty and determinism, identity, perception, enthusiasm and the association of ideas" (Attig, p. 41). Attig, Works of John Locke, 229. Wing L-2740. See Garrison-Morton 4967; Printing and the Mind of Man 164.
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