The Philosophy of John Locke Essay

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Johnathan Robert’s life has been characterized by a keen ability to self teach. At two years old, he suffered an accident that broke his femur. Within weeks of his caste being removed, he relearned the skill of walking. At no older than six years old Johnathan had received numerous ear surgeries yet refused to allow his speech to reflect any of his hearing loss. By the age of seven, he had effectively taught himself how to read and write. According to the philosophy of John Locke, Johnathan’s knowledge did not come from innate ideas or principles, but rather from experiences and sensations. Although John Locke’s thoughts were monumental, flaws exist in the rejection of innate ideas.
John Locke begins his argument with a weighty
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Doubting, believing, reasoning, and knowing, all constitute differing forms of reflection. When the two separate concepts purposed by Locke are combined, the result is a claim that experiences shape human knowledge and ideas.
Following the discussion of knowledge, Locke delves into a separation of two distinct forms of ideas. Initially, simple ideas are scrutinized. A simple idea is one that may be examined singularly. For example, when a person views a tangerine the citric scent and the orange color are simple ideas. An individual’s five senses are what compose simple ideas. Colors, weight, smell, taste, texture, are individual simple ideas. Before moving on to complex ideas, Locke differentiates between qualities that compose ideas. The two qualities are primary and secondary qualities of an object. A primary quality is anything that is, “inseparable from the body, in what state soever it be; and such as in all the alterations and changes it suffers, all the force can be used upon it, it constantly keeps” (Stumpf and Fieser, 197). Solidity, extension, figure, and mobility are considered by Locke to be primary qualities. Secondary qualities, on the other hand, consist of traits that exist within the minds of the persons perceiving the items. “Bulk, figure, texture, and motion of their insensible parts, as colors, sounds, tastes, ect. These I call secondary qualities,” Locke stated (Stumpf and Fieser, 197-198). Finally John Locke concludes his
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