Lockes Image of the World

Hardcover | February 12, 2017

byMichael Jacovides

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Modern philosophy originates during the scientific revolution, and Michael Jacovides provides an engaging account of how this scientific background influences one of the foremost figures of early modern philosophy, John Locke. With this guiding thread, Jacovides gives clear and accurateanswers to some of the central questions surrounding Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Why does he say that we have an obscure idea of substance? Why does he think that we perceive a two-dimensional array of color patches? Why does he think that matter can't naturally think? Why does heanalyze secondary qualities as powers to produce ideas in us? Jacovides' method also allows him to trace the effects of Locke's scientific outlook on his descriptions of the way things appear to him and on his descriptions of the boundaries of conceivability. By placing Locke's thought in its scientific, religious, and anti-scholastic contexts, Jacovidesexplains not only what Locke believes but also why he believes it, and he thereby uncovers reveals the extra-philosophical sources of some of the central aspects of Locke's philosophy.

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Modern philosophy originates during the scientific revolution, and Michael Jacovides provides an engaging account of how this scientific background influences one of the foremost figures of early modern philosophy, John Locke. With this guiding thread, Jacovides gives clear and accurateanswers to some of the central questions surroundi...

Michael Jacovides is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He has published ten papers on various aspects of Locke's philosophy along with other papers, including Experiences as Complex Events, Hume's Vicious Regress, and How is Descartes' Argument Against Scepticism Better than Putnam's?.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.98 inPublished:February 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198789866

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory2. Hypotheses and Derivations3. The Boundaries of Conceivability4. Our Ignorance of Corporeal Substances5. Primary Qualities6. Matter, Mind, and God7. The Visual Array8. Resemblance and Cognition9. Meaning and Secondary Qualities10. Last Words