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Locke [electronic resource] : epistemology and ontology /
Michael Ayers.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
description
xii, 341, 341 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0415100305 (pbk.) :
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Book
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
isbn
0415100305 (pbk.) :
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Two previously hard bound vols. are combined in 1. pbk. vol.
catalogue key
8842990
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-05:
Ayers's massive study discusses and evaluates the theses, discussions, and arguments of Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. These are located historically, taking account of such recent work as that of John Yolton (Perceptual Acquaintance from Descartes to Reid, CH, Oct'84). Volume 1 covers issues in epistemology, including the nature of ideas, knowledge and probability, perceptual knowledge, and universals. Volume 2 deals with issues in ontology, including substance, God, natural law and ethics, and personal identity. Ayers also relates Locke's views to those of such contemporary thinkers as Daniel C. Dennett (Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology, 1978), as well as including some evaluation of his own of the issues discussed. He does not, however, commit the fallacy of those, e.g., Jonathan F. Bennett (Locke, Berkeley, Hume, 1971), who criticize Locke for not having read Wittgenstein. Ayers always retains historical distance, carefully segregating his own views and those of recent philosophers from those of Locke, so that Locke's position is critically evaluated in its own terms. This carefully written book is a model for such studies. Bibliography of works cited.-F. Wilson, University of Toronto
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-11-01:
Once in a while, a publication comes along that on first sight seems oddly out of place but on second viewing is admirably suited to its purpose. This little series of biographical summaries of the thoughts of 24 Western philosophers from Democritus to Derrida is admirable not only for its reasonable price but even more for the intelligence and clarity of the writing. Each volume has been prepared by an expert in the subject, and the result is a series of well-drawn and exceptionally useful pocket-size (4.5 x 7 inches) sketches of major figures in the history of Western thought. The level is such that no special background in philosophy is required to understand the concepts discussed. Each volume also contains a short bibliography, some of which refer to electronic journals or web sites. Most of the individuals chosen for the series come as no surprise, e.g., Descartes, Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Locke, Hume, Plato, and Socrates. But there are a few unexpected choices, like Alan Turing and Karl PopperÄalthough on further consideration, they make more sense. Turing's influence on mathematics and on the development of computers has long been recognized, but his 1936 paper "On Compatible Numbers," which appeared in the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society in 1936-37, influenced studies in the philosophy of mind. Popper's development of the concept of "historicism" in such works as The Open Society and Its Enemies and The Poverty of Historicism significantly influenced 20th-century political thought. Ultimately, this set should be in every academic and public library as well as many school libraries.ÄTerry C. Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summaries
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John Locke is the greatest English philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, one of the most influential books in the history of thought, is his greatest work. In this study the historical meaning and philosophical significance of Locke's Essay are investigated more comprehensively than ever before. Locke was originally published in two volumes, Epistemology and Ontology. This paperback edition has within its covers the full text of both volumes.
Main Description
John Locke is the greatest English philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, one of the most influential books in the history of thought, is his greatest work. In this study the historical meaning and philosophical significance of Locke's Essayare investigated more comprehensively than ever before. Lockewas originally published in two volumes, Epistemologyand Ontology. This paperback edition has within its covers the full text of both volumes.
Main Description
John Locke's complex masterpiece, An Essay of Human Understanding, was a sustained attack on the dogmatism of the day and the last great work of philosophical realism before the onset of idealism. One of the most influential books in the history of thought, it is the most renowned work of the great English philosopher. Originally published in two volumes, this one-volume edition of Locke examines the historical meaning and philosophical significance of this work through careful explanations of the context of debate to which it was a decisive contribution. The first volume of this comprehensive work focuses on Locke's Essay from the epistemological side, and the second turns to the concepts of Locke's ontology--substance, mode, essence, law, and identity.
Main Description
John Locke's complex masterpiece,An Essay of Human Understanding, was a sustained attack on the dogmatism of the day and the last great work of philosophical realism before the onset of idealism. One of the most influential books in the history of thought, it is the most renowned work of the great English philosopher. Originally published in two volumes, this one-volume edition ofLockeexamines the historical meaning and philosophical significance of this work through careful explanations of the context of debate to which it was a decisive contribution. The first volume of this comprehensive work focuses on Locke'sEssayfrom the epistemological side, and the second turns to the concepts of Locke's ontology--substance, mode, essence, law, and identity.
Main Description
John Locke's complex masterpiece, i An Essay of Human Understanding /i , was a sustained attack on the dogmatism of the day and the last great work of philosophical realism before the onset of idealism. One of the most influential books in the history of thought, it is the most renowned work of the great English philosopher. Originally published in two volumes, this one-volume edition of b /b b i Locke /i /b examines the historical meaning and philosophical significance of this work through careful explanations of the context of debate to which it was a decisive contribution. The first volume of this comprehensive work focuses on Locke's i Essay /i from the epistemological side, and the second turns to the concepts of Locke's ontology--substance, mode, essence, law, and identity.
Back Cover Copy
John Locke is the greatest English philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding , one of the most influential books in the history of thought, is his greatest work. In this study the historical meaning and philosophical significance of Locke's Essay are investigated more comprehensively than ever before. Locke was originally published in two volumes, Epistemology and Ontology . This paperback edition has within its covers the full text of both volumes.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Ideasp. 11
Introduction to Part Ip. 13
Ideas and Compositionalism in Traditional Logicp. 19
Ideas and Epistemology Before Lockep. 26
Simple and Complex Ideasp. 36
Ideas as Imagesp. 44
Ideas as Intentional Acts and Ideas as Intentional Objectsp. 52
Ideas as Natural Signsp. 60
Ideas: a Summaryp. 67
Reflections on the Structure of Thoughtp. 70
Knowledge and Beliefp. 79
Introduction to Part IIp. 81
The Degrees of Knowledge and the Role of Methodp. 88
Other Divisions of Knowledgep. 96
Probability and the Nature of 'Assent'p. 104
The Grounds of Probabilityp. 113
Reflections on the Definition of Knowledgep. 125
Belief and Rationalityp. 145
Perceptual Knowledgep. 151
Introduction to Part IIIp. 153
The Authority and Limits of 'sensitive Knowledge'p. 155
Does Perceptual Knowledge Have Independent Authority?p. 166
Does Perceptual Knowledge Have a Firm Boundary?p. 173
The Scope of Perceptual Knowledgep. 180
Two Modern Approaches to Sensationp. 193
Private Language and Secondary Qualitiesp. 207
Particulars, Universals and Intuitive Knowledgep. 219
Introduction to Part IVp. 221
Locke's Arguments on Space and Time in Contextp. 223
Thought About Particularsp. 237
Locke's Theory of Universal Knowledge in Contextp. 242
Abstraction and the Ideal of Precisionp. 259
Intuition and Innate Knowledgep. 264
Locke on Meaning and Some Modern Criticismsp. 269
Reflections on Understanding and Imaginationp. 277
Necessity, Reason and Languagep. 289
Conclusions of Volume Ip. 301
Notesp. 305
Bibliographyp. 332
Indexp. 336
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