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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

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Natural philosophy and the aims of the Essay

Natural philosophy and the aims of the Essay

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(p.12) 1 Natural philosophy and the aims of the Essay
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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/9780199589777.003.0002

This chapter challenges the claim that Locke's aim in writing the Essay was to defend or support mechanical philosophy. The chapter argues, instead, that Locke's stated aims have little to do with natural philosophy, though the famous under‐labourer passage in which he refers to the great Master‐Builders is an endorsement of the Experimental Philosophy.

Keywords:   Experimental Philosophy, corpuscular hypothesis, mechanism, scientia, speculative philosophy, under‐labourer passage

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