Objective Understanding

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI:
 Objective Understanding

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This chapter examines Locke’s theory of objective understanding. It discusses the presupposition of an empirical subject, the understanding of the existence and nature of substances, and Locke’s conception of mechanistic materialism. Locke believes that the ideas of primary qualities permit human understandings to conceive and know the constitutions of substances only up to a certain point, beyond which they lack the conceptual means to penetrate.

Keywords: John Locke; objective understanding; substances; mechanistic materialism

Chapter.  12327 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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