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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 define love?

2. What idea does Locke say we use when we define a horse?

3. What does Locke say allows us to see ourselves as free agents?

4. What are all words generated by, in Locke's account?

5. What are people who believe in human freedom called?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Locke say words ultimately refer to?

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

10. What is the debate between determinists and libertarians?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Locke protect his philosophy against the skepticism of Hume and Descartes? What arguments specifically does he refute, and what arguments does he leave himself open to? (Do you think the question of whether innate knowledge exists can be answered?)

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 you reconcile Locke's philosophy with Jung's idea of the collective unconscious, which is a body of archetypes and symbols that are held and maintained in common by all human beings, with roles like the hero, the helper, the warrior, the seducer, the joker, the king and queen, the servant, the thief, etc. Is there a way to see the idea of the collective unconscious as being compatible with a tabula rasa mind?

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