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Mathematics

Peter R. Anstey

in John Locke and Natural Philosophy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589777
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.003.0007
Mathematics

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This chapter argues that from the early drafts of the Essay to the Essay itself, Locke held to the view that the truths of mathematics are made true by things in the world or ways the world could be. It is also argued that Locke held to an ideal of a demonstrative natural philosophy based upon a quantitative analysis of the nature of corpuscles which would require a corpuscular metric.

Keywords: archetype; corpuscular metric; extension; geometry; infinity; metrology; mode; real ideas; simple ideas; essence

Chapter.  13849 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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