John Locke

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In existographies, John Locke (323-251 BE) (1632-1704 ACM) (IQ:180|#195↑) (ID:2.50|72) (Cattell 1000:35) (RGM:536|1,350+) (PR:92|65AE / philosopher:13) (Murray 4000:7|WP) (Gottlieb 1000:11) (Becker 139:6|17L) (Stokes 100:38) (FA:733) (GPhE:#) (GEcE:#) (CR:72) (LH:8) (TL:82) was an English physician, economist, sociologist, and philosopher, aka "clever Englishman" (Leibniz, 1714), noted for []


In 1689 (266AE), Locke, in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, made the first serious attempt to explain the functioning of the mind in purely naturalistic terms, without recourse to divine intervention in the development of reason. Arthur Homes (c.1990) classifies this publication as the start date of the "philosophical enlightenment".[1]


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The following are quotes on Locke:

“How has it happened, that the profound Locke, who, to the great mortification of the metaphysicians, has placed this principle of Aristotle—that nothing enters the mind of man, but through the senses—in the clearest point of view; how is it that all those who, like him, have recognized the absurdity of the system of innate ideas, have not drawn the immediate and necessary consequences? How has it come to pass, that they have not had sufficient courage to apply so clear a principle to all those fanciful chimeras with which the human mind has for such a length of time been so vainly occupied?
Baron Holbach (1770), The System of Nature (pg. 79)[2]
Bacon, Locke, and Newton are the three greatest men that have ever lived, without any exception.”
Thomas Jefferson (1789), “Letter to John Trubull”
Voltaire’s letter on Locke from the Philosophical Letters (1734), which circulated separately as a ‘Letter on the Soul’, which La Mettrie had read, [touched on] Locke’s hypothesis that god might ‘superadd to matter a faculty of thinking’, which gave rise to great controversy in Britain concerning materialism and the nature of the soul.”
— Ann Thomson (1994), “Introduction” to Julien Mettrie’s writings[3]

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  1. Holmes, Arthur. (c.1990). “A History of Philosophy, Lecture 41: John Locke” (YT) (playlist), Wheaton college, 2015, Jun 16.
  2. Holbach, Baron. (1770). System of Nature (pg. 79). Publisher.
  3. (a) Yolton, John. (1983). Thinking Matter: Materialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain. University of Minnesota Press.
    (b) La Mettrie, Julien. (1751). Machine Man: and Other Writings: Treatise on the Soul, Man as Plant, The System of Epicurus, Anti-Seneca or the Sovereign Good, Preliminary Discourse (translator and editor: Ann Thomson) (pg. xii). Cambridge University Press, 1996.

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