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John Locke and Natural Philosophy$
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Peter R. Anstey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.001.0001

Explanation

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(p.153) 8 Explanation
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John Locke and Natural Philosophy
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Peter R. Anstey (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.003.0009

This chapter argues that, on the whole, Locke adheres to the principles of explanation and constraints on explanation that were typical of proponents of the mechanical philosophy and the corpuscular theory of matter. The chapter concludes by showing that there is little place for laws of nature in Locke's views on explanation in natural philosophy and that he did not incorporate Newton's notion of principles of natural philosophy into the Essay.

Keywords:   Boyle, contact criterion, Descartes, Familiarity Condition, intelligibility, laws of nature, Newton, reduction, simple ideas, superaddition

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