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Locke's Image of the World

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2017.09.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Jacovides, Locke's Image of the World, Oxford University Press, 2017, 231 pp., $70 (hbk), ISBN 9780198789864. Reviewed by Matthew Stuart, Bowdoin College Michael Jacovides thinks that the best way to understand Locke's philosophy is to see it in relation to the science of his day. That is not a new idea, but Jacovides pursues it with erudition and panache in this illuminating and provocative book.   Nearly everyone agrees that we need to know something about the theories of Locke's scholastic predecessors, and of his friends and contemporaries Boyle and Newton, if we are to fully understand what he says, and why he says what he does, about perception, primary and secondary qualities, and real and nominal essences. In the last few decades, some have gone further, making the relation of physical theory to philosophical... Read More

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