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The Locke Reader


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Preface; References to Locke's books; Significant Dates; Introduction; Preliminary: Locke on Hermeneutics; Part I. The Science of Nature: 1. The definition of knowledge; 2. Deductive knowledge and real essence; 3. Observational knowledge of nature; 4. Hypotheses in science; Part II. The Doctrine of Signs: 1. Two concepts of ideas; 2. The origin of ideas; 3. Word signs; 4. Moral words; Part III. The Science of Action: 1. Character traits and natural tendencies; 2. Action and the person 3. Virtue and law; 4. Education as training for virtue; 5. Social groups and the origin of civil society; 6. Political obligation and consent; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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This accessible volume comprises sections from a wide range of Locke's books, structured so that the interconnections of his thought can be seen and traced.

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