Lockean Ideas, Overview and Foundations

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597060 | DOI:

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Lockean Ideas, Overview and Foundations

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Locke had no clear metaphysic of ideas. Ideas ought not to be reified, but Locke sometimes did this. In this chapter, ideas are presented as tropes. Locke put ideas to work in perceiving and imagining, thinking, meaning, a priori knowledge, and classifying. Different ways in which an idea might represent something is discussed.

Keywords: classification; idea; Locke; perception; reification; representation; trope

Chapter.  6396 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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