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AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING.
CHAP. 1.- Introduction
2.-No Innate Principles in the Mind
both speculative and practical
CHAP. 1.--Of Ideas in general and their original
2.—Of Simple Ideas
"Εοτι δε τό γε αληθειά τις ταύτα τα γράμματα των Παρμενίδου λόγω προς τους επιχειρούντας αυτόν κωμωδεϊν. .
An edition of the Philosophical Works of Locke has long been wanting. It is in fact matter of surprise, that a body of writings, in which the most popular metaphysical system of modern times is developed, should never before have been presented to the world in a collected form, and detached from all miscellaneous compositions. The object of the present discourse is to describe briefly and with simplicity, the character of these various pieces, in order that the reader who happens not to be already acquainted with them, may proceed with the greater curiosity to their perusal.
The Essay on the Human Understanding, the principal of Locke's writings, has now been before the world for nearly two centuries. It has excited the strongest opposition; it has been assailed by calumny, it has often been misunderstood, and sometimes neglected. Nevertheless, such is its character, such are the principles it contains, such the clearness, fulness, and satisfactory nature of its interpretations of intellectual phenomena, that it can never be wholly laid aside so long as the study of philosophy shall retain any charm for mankind.
That it is not a popular work must be admitted; nor can it, perhaps, by any art or contrivance be rendered so. For, in the first place, the public possess but little inclination to penetrate backwards, as it were, to the dim and misty fountains of human knowledge, lying remote from observation, and thickly shaded by the foliage of doubts and uncertainties; and secondly, to be frank and candid, the guide himself who undertakes to conduct us