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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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Hypotheses and analogy

Hypotheses and analogy

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(p.70) 4 Hypotheses and analogy
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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/9780199589777.003.0005

This chapter argues that Locke believed hypotheses and analogical reasoning play a minor role in natural philosophical method and that this view is consistent with that of the proponents of the Experimental Philosophy. This is illustrated by his discussions of the acid and alkali theory of matter and by his correspondence with Thomas Molyneux.

Keywords:   acid and alkali, analogy, Blackmore, Boyle, Experimental Philosophy, Hooke, hypothesis, Molyneux

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