John Locke's "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding"
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This paper explains that John Locke's "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" is especially important because his writings inspired Thomas Jefferson's participation in the Declaration of Independence. The author points out that scholars also are attracted to Locke's "Essay" because he draws a provocative line between what he sees as primary and secondary qualities. The paper concludes that, regardless of the haggling of scholars and philosophy students, Locke is justified in drawing distinctions between primary and secondary qualities because distinctions between all worldly matter is a requirement of life.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Jackson, Reginald. "Locke's Distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualities." Mind 38.149 (1929): 56-76.
- Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. New York: Dutton, 1947
- Spellman, W. M. "The Christian Estimate of Man in Locke's 'Essay.'" The Journal of Religion. 67.4 (1987): 474-492.
- Yolton, John W. Locke and the Compass of Human Understanding: A Selective Commentary On the "Essay." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970.
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