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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (15 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199296626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199296620
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.8 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Oxford World Classics offers yet another abridgment of Locke s Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Do we really need another? Yes, when it s as well done as Phemister s."-Philosophy in Review

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Pauline Phemister is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.


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I'm not sure that this will bother most people, but when I realized that this book was abridged it really got under my skin. I was 250 pages in when I happened to glance at the first few pages and realized that it was abridged. I'm not claiming that you lose much in this abridgement, but I do think that more effort should be made to point out an abridged copy versus an unabridged copy. Some people (like me) prefer their philosophy texts whole. I would not have purchased this had I know it was abridged.
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Legendary book. However, please do be advised that the Oxford World's Classics edition of this book is NOT an unabridged edition (contrary a statement by one of the other reviewers). It is not at all clear on Amazon's product page, in fact its just not marked anywhere. But you can see for yourself by using "Look inside" and navigating to the press details. Don't make the mistake I did!
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By Ben Saunders VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2002
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I won't go into the depths of Locke studies here. Suffice to say he was the first of the 'British Empiricists'; building on Descartes' ideas and beginning an epistemology that influenced Berkely, Hume and many others. The Essay is a (very) lengthy account of his ideas - in which he begins by denying the possibility of innate ideas and goes on to explain how we come by all our ideas, discussing on the way his influential ideas on personal identity and primary and secondary qualities.
The problem that the essay has is that it's over-long (at about 800 pages) and filled with rambling repetition. Not actually amnaging to get through it all myself, I thought this abridged version might contain the highlights as it were... Well, if you have only a passing interest, this book is cheap and does set out Locke's main ideas without much repetition. For serious study, however, I'd invest a bit more for an unabridged copy (the cheapest I think is Penguin Classics; the best the one edited by Nidditch)
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Although written in old English there is absolutely no denying the logic. He painstakingly takes you through undeniably statements that are so simple that you must agree with him. Then having agreed, he hold up more complex issue that politics and social engineer may have set up and dares you to deny the logic.
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