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Locke's Image of the World

Michael Jacovides


According to Locke there are interesting analogies between deductive inferences and inferences concerning seventeenth-century machines. Where he believes that phenomena can’t be explained mechanically, as with gravity, he attributes the phenomena to the arbitrary activity of God. Locke emphasizes difficulties at the foundations of corpuscularianism, concluding that our idea of corporeal substance is obscure because we can’t use it to explain cohesion or impulse. On these foundations, he offers us an explanatory account of inherence, an account which would be completely attractive if not for th ... More

Keywords: John Locke, primary and secondary qualities, substance, perception, gravity, matter, corpuscularianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198789864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Jacovides, author
Purdue University