An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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First published in 1690, and revised four times by the author, Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding as enhanced his reputation that he eclipsed every rival for the intellectual leadership pf the age. Locke’s theory that the whole of our knowledge, as individuals, is derived from sensory experience involved a complete revolution in the hithero universally accepted hierarchy of values. His methodology directly influenced Berkeley, Hume and other empiricists, and is strongly reflected in the writings of Voltaire and Rousseau.

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