An Essay Concerning Human Understanding | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
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SOURCE: "'Master Builder' and 'Under Labourer'," in Reasoned Freedom: John Locke and Enlightenment, Cornell University Press, 1992, pp. 9-29.

In the following essay, Schouls argues that the "revolutionary" aspects of Locke's thought are a function of his scientific, as well as political, writings, since both emphasize the primacy of human reason. Schouls places Locke's scientific thought in the revolutionary tradition of Descartes, despite various doctrinal differences.

"master-builder" and "under-labourer"

In the Essay's "Epistle to the Reader," Locke refers to the "Master-Builders" ("a Boyle, or a Sydenham; … the Great—Huygenius, and the incomparable Mr. Newton") and with respect to them pronounces himself to be an "Under-Labourer" whose task consists in "clearing Ground a little, and removing some of the Rubbish, that lies in the way to Knowledge." These "Master-Builders" deal with "nature," with "knowledge" of "substances" and their "qualities" and "relations," with the objects of which we are aware through...

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