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Nelson Robert Nelson Professor Embree PHI 2010 2/4/11 Substance The Oxford dictionary defines substance as an essential nature underlying phenomena , which is subject to changes and accidents . It is the entity that makes up anything. In philosophy it is described as the true being of everything or the distinctiveness of something. Substance was best described by Descartes and explained by John Locke though he may not have noticed how well he actually interpreted it. Substance is the defining quality that makes all things, and different views of it can be proven right such as how Descartes viewed it and how George Berkley described it by the interpretations of Locke’s work. It would make perfect sense that we are born with understanding of the concept of substance. Substance is very hard to describe ourselves, yet we have a good perception of it without studying it, which is Descartes view. “Descartes’ inability to come up with an empirical account of “substance” and “identity” that allowed him to posit innate ideas” (Palmer 81). He
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