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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. How does Locke resolve the contradiction between people who believe in free will and people who do not?

2. What can we talk about once we begin to abstract?

3. How does Locke define truth in an idea?

4. What does Locke say we about words that cannot be defined any further?

5. What does Locke say God gave man in order to fulfill his purpose?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Locke say our conception of 'number' comes from?

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

3. What role does Locke attribute to God in forming man as a language-user?

4. How does Locke define words?

5. Why are most words general, according to Locke?

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

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

8. What does Locke say words ultimately refer to?

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

10. What does Locke achieve by claiming that good and evil come from pleasure and pain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of "Essay Concerning Human Understanding," Locke says that variability in people's ideas undermines the possibility of innate knowledge. Analyzing Locke's writing, describe how Locke accounts for variability in his own philosophy. How does he keep it from being a disruptive force in his own philosophy?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How would a society predicated on the idea of innate knowledge differ from a society predicated on a Lockean epistemology in which knowledge is shaped by experience? Compare and contrast these societies.

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