Natural philosophy and the aims of the <i>Essay</i>

Peter R. Anstey

in John Locke and Natural Philosophy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589777
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725487 | DOI:
Natural philosophy and the aims of the Essay

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This chapter challenges the claim that Locke's aim in writing the Essay was to defend or support mechanical philosophy. The chapter argues, instead, that Locke's stated aims have little to do with natural philosophy, though the famous under‐labourer passage in which he refers to the great Master‐Builders is an endorsement of the Experimental Philosophy.

Keywords: Experimental Philosophy; corpuscular hypothesis; mechanism; scientia; speculative philosophy; under‐labourer passage

Chapter.  10114 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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