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An Essay concerning Human Understanding (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

John Locke , Pauline Phemister
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28 Aug 2008 Oxford World's Classics
John Locke's classic work An Essay Concerning Human Understanding laid the foundation of British empiricism and remains of enduring interest today. Rejecting doctrines of innate principles and ideas, Locke shows how all our ideas, even the most abstract and complex, are grounded in human experience-attained by sensation of external things or reflection upon our mental activities. A thorough examination of the communication of ideas through language and the convention of taking words as signs of ideas paves the way for his penetrating critique of the limitations of ideas and the extent of our knowledge of ourselves, the world, God and morals. This abridgement, based on P.H. Nidditch's acclaimed critical edition, retains in full all key passages, thus enabling Locke's arguments to be more clearly followed. The new introduction by Pauline Phemister provides valuable background on Locke's essay, illuminating its arguments and conclusions. The book also includes a chronological table of significant events, select bibliography, succinct explanatory notes, and an index-all of which supply additional historical information and aids to navigating the text.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (28 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199296626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199296620
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,777 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great lesson 25 Mar 2013
By Steve
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not unabridged! 28 April 2010
By Simon
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Abridged 7 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
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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