3. John Locke and the enlightment

3 John Locke and - 1 indicating the author and text or source in which the term or phrase occurs John Locke(an essay concerning human undetanding 2

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1) indicating the author and text or source in which the term or phrase occurs, John Locke (an essay concerning human undetanding. 2) describe briefly its meaning and significance to the text in which it appears Assemble the facts (P.5) to search for ‘first principles’ (P.11), which were uncovered by application of right reason (pp. 12, 121). 3) and how it impacted Western Culture. During the enlightment, the purpose of knowledge – by using the ‘scientific method’ to understand human behavior, abilities and nature and ‘ uncover’ its process – was to improve the quality of life on earth Therefore it is said to be secular or ‘wordly’ or here and now rather than other – wordly’ orientation Some of the old ideas: Ancient greeks and romans = life as a life generational circle. Christianity = “the goal is to live a goodly godly life in order to get to heaven Revolutionary belief is that: life can, should and must be made better on earth – happiness and perfection on earth were possible in an ever progressive manner. Les philosophers: men or women who promote the new philosophical and political theory (liberalism), the new economic system (capitalism), the new prominent social class (middle class) Locke’s book was written without resources to surveys, research studies or experiments like similar books today. His theory is that there is no innate (inborn) ideas At birth our mind is a clean state or white paper (p.61) This means that the fetus in the mother’s womb has no perceptions or thoughts and is like a vegetable (p.61) All ideas come first through or from the senses (touch, taste, hear, sight, smell) These sensations are turned into knowledge through the process of reflection on them within our mind i.e. thinking or reasoning. Simple ideas: Our knowledge begins with simple ideas which develop when we are very young Derive from or through sensation, sources are the things that is external to us and imprinted on our mind e.g. color, temperature, texture, taste, smell etc, sensible quality (p.61) The development of simple ideas is a passive activity. The mind cant make or destroy them (p.65) rather, they are imprinted on the mind through the senses.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course HUMA 1720 taught by Professor Gleberzon during the Spring '12 term at York University.

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3 John Locke and - 1 indicating the author and text or source in which the term or phrase occurs John Locke(an essay concerning human undetanding 2

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