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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250924.001.0001

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Substance in Locke

Substance in Locke

(p.108) Chapter 27 Substance in Locke
Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Locke wrote both scornfully and acceptingly about the thought of ‘substance’, understood as the substratum of all qualities. This is because he was trying to talk about the notion of a thing; he thought we could not do without the ‘thing’ thought, but that it could not satisfy his own theory about how a general word comes to have a meaning. The chapter shows how he could have avoided the second horn of this dilemma; it also discusses Ayers's rival interpretation of the texts on substratum.

Keywords:   Ayers, Locke, meaning, substance, substratum, thing

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