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John Locke and Natural Philosophy

Peter R. Anstey


This book studies Locke's views on the content and method of natural philosophy. Focusing on his Essay concerning Human Understanding, but also drawing extensively from Locke's other writings and manuscript remains, it argues that Locke was an advocate of the Experimental Philosophy: the new approach to natural philosophy championed by Robert Boyle and the early Royal Society. On the question of method, this study demonstrates how Locke's pessimism about the prospects for a demonstrative science of nature led him, in the Essay, to promote Francis Bacon's method of natural history, and to downp ... More

Keywords: Bacon, Boyle, chymistry, demonstration, hypothesis, mathematics, Newton, natural history, seminal principles, species

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589777
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter R. Anstey, author
University of Otago
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