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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. According to Locke, the lack of what would make social life impossible?

2. What do we have when an abstract idea cannot be broken down?

3. What does Locke say the increase of our intellectual powers follows?

4. Which school of philosophy divided essences into real and nominal?

5. How does Locke define the essence of a thing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is love like memory, in Locke's account?

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

4. What is the correspondence theory of truth?

5. How does Locke suggest philosophers curb the abuse of words?

6. What do we do when we define a word, in Locke's account?

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

8. Who does Locke say is guilty of these abuses?

9. What does Locke say is the only way to understand the properties of things?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Locke's definition of experience and language is based solely on individual experience--but what is the role of the family in promoting certain knowledge and restricting or prohibiting other kinds of knowledge? Does Locke account for teachers and parents in his arguments about knowledge and experience?

Essay Topic 2

How would Locke account for the philosophy of deconstruction--or the notion that language is ultimately self-referential, and that meaning is eternally deferred, never arriving at an object per se? Is Locke's theory of language predicated on an ultimate arrival, or can it handle the notion that truth is, in Nietzsche's phrase, a mobile army of metaphors?

Essay Topic 3

To what degree is this book internally consistent? How much does it follow the rules it lays out?

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