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Problems from Locke

J. L. Mackie


In this book, Mackie critically examines various philosophical problems raised in John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Mackie carefully considers Locke's treatment of these problems, but also proposes his own resolution of the related issues in contemporary philosophy. In the course of these discussions, Mackie also proposes his theory of a realism combined with a moderate empiricism. In Ch. 1, Mackie considers the distinction between primary and secondary qualities and argues that they might still have some legitimate application. In Ch. 2, he also defends a version of Locke' ... More

Keywords: abstraction, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, empiricism, history of philosophy, innate ideas, Locke, Mackie, perception, personal identity, primary qualities, realism, representationalism, secondary qualities, substance, universals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1976 Print ISBN-13: 9780198750369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198750366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. L. Mackie, author
University College, Oxford