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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What modern movement did Locke prefigure in his arguments about philosophical language?

2. What happens when you strip away all the details of a thing, in Locke's account?

3. What do cause and effect derive from according to Locke?

4. How does Locke define passive powers?

5. What does Locke say we use when we define a word?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are three ways in which people abuse words, in Locke's account?

2. What is the correspondence theory of truth?

3. How does Locke define power, in "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"?

4. Where do the notions of good and evil come from, in Locke's opinion?

5. What is the debate between determinists and libertarians?

6. What problem is Locke trying to address with his discussion of identity in consciousness and identity in body?

7. What does Locke say is the danger in man's freedom to use words however he likes?

8. What is the difference between love and desire, according to Locke?

9. How does Locke resolve the debate between determinists and libertarians?

10. How do we arrive at the essence of an idea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way has modern society changed our view of Locke's philosophy? Choose a technology or form of knowledge that forces us to reevaluate Locke's philosophy, and describe how Locke would incorporate or account for it.

Essay Topic 2

What was the historical effect of Locke's philosophy? What preceded it, and what proceeded from it? What historical development can Locke's work be seen as a part of? Describe his place in that development.

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence?

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