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LOCKE AND FRENCH MATERIALISM
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LOCKE AND FRENCH MATERIALISM

John W. Yolton

Abstract

One particular feature of Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding—the suggestion that God could add to matter the power of thought—stimulated an extensive debate in Britain between immaterialists (those who defended two substances, mind and matter) and materialists (those who considered matter to be self-active). That debate was also transmitted to the Continent, especially to France, where Locke's suggestion about thinking matter was given prominence by Voltaire. His defence of the suggestion was in turn attacked by a number of writers, thereby implicating Locke in the growth of material ... More

Keywords: Locke, French materialism, philosophy, Voltaire, Malebranche, mind, matter, thinking matter, matière pensante

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198242741
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242741.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Yolton, author
Rutgers University