Substance in Locke

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)

 Substance in Locke

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Locke wrote both scornfully and acceptingly about the thought of ‘substance’, understood as the substratum of all qualities. This is because he was trying to talk about the notion of a thing; he thought we could not do without the ‘thing’ thought, but that it could not satisfy his own theory about how a general word comes to have a meaning. The chapter shows how he could have avoided the second horn of this dilemma; it also discusses Ayers's rival interpretation of the texts on substratum.

Keywords: Ayers; Locke; meaning; substance; substratum; thing

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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