Chapter

Explanation

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/9780199589777.003.0009
Explanation

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This chapter argues that, on the whole, Locke adheres to the principles of explanation and constraints on explanation that were typical of proponents of the mechanical philosophy and the corpuscular theory of matter. The chapter concludes by showing that there is little place for laws of nature in Locke's views on explanation in natural philosophy and that he did not incorporate Newton's notion of principles of natural philosophy into the Essay.

Keywords: Boyle; contact criterion; Descartes; Familiarity Condition; intelligibility; laws of nature; Newton; reduction; simple ideas; superaddition

Chapter.  8195 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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