John Locke, assginment 1. Oct 21

John Locke, assginment 1. Oct 21 - The impression made upon...

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22 October 2007 Professor Erfani John Locke: Essay Concerning Human Understanding 1. What is the difference between sensation and reflection? Provide an example 2. What is the origin of ideas according to Locke? John Locke argues that there are five “organs” and five ideas that we sense . The organs are eyes, ears, noses, tongues and skin . Color, sound, smell, taste and heat are the five ideas associated with these organs . He goes on to say that ideas of sensation lead us to basic human awareness . Most sensations are produced in the mind through normal use of the operations affiliated with one organ . Certain simple ideas require at least two different organs to reach them . The sight and touch organs lead us to general thoughts on space, extension, figure, motion and rest . Although, reflection and sensation, both, produce some simple ideas.
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Unformatted text preview: The impression made upon the organs (of the senses) by eternal or worldly objects is reflection either passive or active of the human mind . All mental activities of humans are related to understanding and will . Pleasure, pain and power are produced by reflection and sensation they motivate us in the general sphere of things . While existence and unity also call upon both sensation and reflection they help to provide a clearer sense of reality . Locke states that ideas are not imprinted innately on the human mind . He is an empiricist. All human knowledge comes from experiences over a lifetime . We start off by learning from sensory ideas . We only acquire simple ideas through experience. We must experience things in order to be able to conceive them . Therefore anything we do not experience is inconceivable....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Erfani during the Fall '07 term at American.

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