Locke, Berkeley, and Hume on Substance Research Paper by Peter Pen

Locke, Berkeley, and Hume on Substance
Presents the notion of substance in the philosophy of three British Empiricists, John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume.
# 50407 | 4,686 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004
Published on Apr 13, 2004 in English (General) , Philosophy (General) , Political Science (John Locke)

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By considering the discussion of substance in John Locke's "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding", George Berkeley's "A Treatise of Human Nature", and David Hume's "A Treatise Of Human Nature", this paper considers the philosophers in an independent fashion and brings to light the evolutionary character of their expositions. The paper concludes with the author's personal criticism of the three philosophers.

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"The underlying assumption is that we cannot have true knowledge of reality; instead we can only make judgments about it based on the aforementioned agreement or disagreement of ideas. According to Locke, ideas come to us by way of our senses and the world is merely represented; therefore we have but a probable knowledge about reality. By the process of abstraction, it is possible to construct complex ideas about the world. From the perception and comprehension of multiple simultaneous simple ideas we abstract common traits and come up with the idea of substance."

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