An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Topics for Discussion

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Explain John Locke's critique of Scholastic Metaphysics.

What is the distinction between simple and complex ideas? Is it plausible?

What is Locke's distinction between primary and second qualities? Is it plausible? Why or why not?

Explain Locke's distinction between Understanding and Reflection.

What is Locke's conception of substance? Can you make sense of it?

What does Locke mean by "modes" and "relations"? Are they properties of things in the world or of perceptions? Does the answer to the last question make sense to you?

What is Locke's critique of rationalists like Descartes?

Explain Locke's theory of what knowledge is and where it comes from. Does this sound like knowledge, as you understand it? Why or why not? If not, what is peculiar about it?

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