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Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.

Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.

Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books. The Second Edition, with large Additions. London, Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, at the Black Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, and Samuel Manship, at the Ship in Cornhill, near the Royal Exchange, MDCXCIV [1694]. 29.5 x 18.5 cm. (2) [Blank], Engraved Frontispiece, Title Page, (38) [Dedication, Epistle to the Reader, Contents], 407 pages, (12) [Index], (2) [Blank]. Half calf over green textured cloth boards. Raised bands. Gilt title on spine. Blind decorations. Marbled end papers. Very good condition. Binding rubbed and bumped. Minor material losses to corners, spine ends. Edges age darkened. Name of previous owners (‘Henry Washington, W. Dawson & [unreadable]) inscribed. Mild damp staining to blank and frontispiece. Two closed tears on pages 319 & 393 (5 & 3 cm). For pagination errors, please see comments below. Bookworm hole between pages 387 and 399, outside of text. Some old page repairs on pages 394 to 399. Text block a little dust dulled in places. Last few pages of Index worn with some paper losses, not affecting the text. Overall a very nice copy.

Pagination issues: no leave numbered 91/92, however text appears complete. Two different leaves are paginated as 95/96, again text appears complete and continuous. Page 397 misnumbered 997.The text block appears to be complete.
John Locke (1632 – 1704) was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the “Father of Liberalism”. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, Locke is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American Revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.
Locke’s theory of mind is often cited as the origin of modern conceptions of identity and the self, figuring prominently in the work of later philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. Locke was the first to define the self through a continuity of consciousness. He postulated that, at birth, the mind was a blank slate, or tabula rasa. Contrary to Cartesian philosophy based on pre-existing concepts, he maintained that we are born without innate ideas, and that knowledge is instead determined only by experience derived from sense perception, a concept now known as empiricism. Demonstrating the ideology of science in his observations, whereby something must be capable of being tested repeatedly and that nothing is exempt from being disproved, Locke stated that “whatever I write, as soon as I discover it not to be true, my hand shall be the forwardest to throw it into the fire”. Such is one example of Locke’s belief in empiricism. Challenging the work of others, Locke is said to have established the method of introspection, i.e. observing the emotions and behaviours of one’s self.

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Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.
Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.
Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.
Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.
Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.
Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.
Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.
Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane [Human] Understanding. In Four Books.

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