A friend of and, Locke was also an early member of the Royal Society.

Locke’s pragmatic account of language and the distinction betweennominal and real essences constitute an anti-essentialist alternativeto this Aristotelian essentialism and its correlative account of theclassification of natural kinds. He claims that there are no fixedboundaries in nature to be discovered—that is there are noclear demarcation points between species. There are always borderlinecases. There is debate over whether Locke’s view is that this lack offixed boundaries is true on both the level of appearances and nominalessences, and atomic constitutions and real essences, or on the levelof nominal essences alone. The first view is that Locke holds thatthere are no Aristotelian natural kinds on either the level ofappearance or atomic reality. The second view holds that Locke thinksthere are Aristotelian natural kinds on the atomic level, it is simplythat we cannot get at them or know what they are. On either of theseinterpretations, the real essence cannot provide the meaning to namesof substances. A.O. Lovejoy in the Great Chain of Being, andDavid Wiggins are proponents of the second interpretation whileMichael Ayers and William Uzgalis argue for the first (Uzgalis, 1988;Ayers, 1991 II. 70).

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The bachelor philosopher's notions about childrearing appeared in (1693).

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At the beginning of An Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingLocke says that since his purpose is “to enquire into theOriginal, Certainty and Extant of human knowledge, together with thegrounds and degrees of Belief, Opinion and Assent” he is goingto begin with ideas—the materials out of which knowledge isconstructed. His first task is to “enquire into the Original ofthese Ideas…and the ways whereby the Understanding comes to befurnished with them” (I. 1. 3. p. 44). The role of Book I of theEssay is to make the case that being innate is not a way inwhich the understanding is furnished with principles and ideas. Locketreats innateness as an empirical hypothesis and argues that there isno good evidence to support it.

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(d) The fourth and final step is the testing of a theory by theempirical application of the conclusions derived from it. If suchconclusions are shown to be true, the theory is corroborated (butnever verified). If the conclusion is shown to be false, then this istaken as a signal that the theory cannot be completely correct(logically the theory is falsified), and the scientist begins hisquest for a better theory. He does not, however, abandon thepresent theory until such time as he has a better one to substitutefor it. More precisely, the method of theory-testing is as follows:certain singular propositions are deduced from the newtheory—these are predictions, and of special interest are thosepredictions which are ‘risky’ (in the sense of beingintuitively implausible or of being startlingly novel) andexperimentally testable. From amongst the latter the scientist nextselects those which are not derivable from the current or existingtheory—of particular importance are those which contradict thecurrent or existing theory. He then seeks a decision as regards theseand other derived statements by comparing them with the results ofpractical applications and experimentation. If the new predictions areborne out, then the new theory is corroborated (and the oldone falsified), and is adopted as a working hypothesis. If thepredictions are not borne out, then they falsify the theory from whichthey are derived. Thus Popper retains an element of empiricism: forhim scientific method does involve making an appeal to experience. Butunlike traditional empiricists, Popper holds that experience cannotdetermine theory (i.e., we do not argue or infer fromobservation to theory), it rather delimits it: it shows whichtheories are false, not which theories are true. Moreover, Popper alsorejects the empiricist doctrine that empirical observations are, orcan be, infallible, in view of the fact that they are themselvestheory-laden.

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By contrast, Locke chose to avoid controversy by publishing his political writings anonymously.

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What is the mechanism which makes unconditional scientific propheciespossible? The answer is that such prophecies can sometimes be derivedfrom a combination of conditional predictions (themselves derived fromscientific laws) and existential statements specifying thatthe conditions in relation to the system being investigated arefulfilled. Schematically, this can be represented as follows:

With the  (1690) Locke established himself as a political theorist of the highest order.

We turn now to a consideration of Locke’s educational works.

Locke has an atomic or perhaps more accurately a corpuscular theory of ideas.[] There is, that is to say, an analogy between the way atoms orcorpuscles combine into complexes to form physical objects and the wayideas combine. Ideas are either simple or complex. We cannot createsimple ideas, we can only get them from experience. In this respectthe mind is passive. Once the mind has a store of simple ideas, it cancombine them into complex ideas of a variety of kinds. In this respectthe mind is active. Thus, Locke subscribes to a version of theempiricist axiom that there is nothing in the intellect that was notpreviously in the senses—where the senses are broadened toinclude reflection. Book III deals with the nature of language, itsconnections with ideas and its role in knowledge. Book IV, theculmination of the previous reflections, explains the nature andlimits of knowledge, probability, and the relation of reason andfaith. Let us now consider the Essay in some detail.

On Locke's view, all rights begin in the created by an investment of labor.

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