This chapter introduces the two projects of the book. First, I promise to interpret Locke’s philosophy in light of its scientific background. In particular, I want to give a complete account of his views on primary and secondary qualities and a relatively complete account of his views on the apparent world. Second, I promise to describe the ways in which Locke’s scientific views affect the foundations of his philosophical picture. In particular, I want to describe how they affect descriptions of appearances and the range of hypotheses that he considers conceivable. Because Locke is both engaged in contemporary natural philosophy and interested in describing his perceptions and the range of conceivability, his work provides material for testing Thomas Kuhn’s thesis that our favored scientific theories affect our perceptions and the range of what we find conceivable.
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