VII. METAPHYSICAL MODERATION? LOCKE'S ESSAY

A. Required Readings:

      Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding I.1-2; II.1-14, 21-23, III.3,6; IV.1-4, 10-11, 15-16 [ARIEW: 27-373 ]

    Secondary Literature: read one of the following

      Etienne Gilson and Thomas Langan, Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant (New York: Random House, 1963), pp. 191-216.

      Frederick Copleston, S.J., A History of Philosophy, Vol V (New York: Image, 1963), pp. 67-122.

      James Collins, History of European Philosophy (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1954) pp. 311-352.

B. Writing Assignment:

    Write a 3 page paper on the following theme: Locke claims to be nothing but a "humble underlaborer" clearing the ground for science. What obstacles stand in the way of science? How does Locke propose to clear them aside and formulate a philosophy for the new science of Newton?

C. Supplemental Readings:

    Buchdahl, Gerd. Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: The Classical Origins: Descartes to Kant. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1969.

    ________. The Image of Newton and Locke in the Age of Reason. London: Sheed and Ward, 1961.

    Danford, John W. Wittgenstein and Political Philosophy: A Reexamination of the Foundations of Social Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

    Gibson, James. Locke's Theory of Knowledge and its Historical Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1931.

    Klocker, Harry R. God & the Empiricists. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing Co., 1968.

    Yolton, John. John Locke and the Way of Ideas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1956.

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