Locke's discussion in Book III is very important to his overall theory, but it is also very complex. Having explained the different forms and origins of ideas in Book II, Locke goes on here to look at the different forms and origins of the words that refer to ideas. Locke begins by claiming that God has formed mankind so as to be sociable. In so doing, God and nature have also given man the necessity and the ability to use words and language to communicate with one another.
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. At the center of Locke's essays is his commitment to logic and reason, and his rejection of convenient, frilly ideas that seem to him to be clearly unfounded. For instance, when he approaches the question of nature vs nurture, a sensitive philosophical argument during his time, he does so with authority, claiming the philosophy that has since been called, "Tabula Rasa.
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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a work by John Locke concerning the foundation of human knowledge and understanding. It first appeared in although dated with the printed title An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. He describes the mind at birth as a blank slate tabula rasa , although he did not use those actual words filled later through experience.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. This essay set the standard for empirically-based arguments against the traditions of rationalism.