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The Empiricists : Locke: Concerning Human Understanding; Berkeley: Principles of Human Knowledge 3 Dialogues; Hume: Concerning Human Understanding Concerning Natural Religion
The Empiricists Locke Concerning Human Understanding Berkeley Principles of Human Knowledge 3 Dialogues Hume Concerning Human Understanding Concerning Natural Religion Author:John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume The rise and fall of British Empiricism is probably philosophy's most dramatic example of pushing premises to their logical and fatal conclusions. Empiricism was born in 1690 with the appearance of Locke's Essay, and it flourished as the reigning school until 1739 when Hume's Treatise strangled it with its own cinctures. What started as "commo... more »n sense" dualism in Locke dwindled into the optimistic idealism of Hume. In just fifty years the men who claimed that all knowledge derives for experience, from the testimony of the senses, had shown that if this is really so we lose not only the material world, the "law" of cause and effect, and other people, but also our own selves: the "I" becomes no more than a succession of sensations. Thus, while Empiricism annihilated the "innate ideas" of Rationalism and set the state for Immanuel Kant, to many thinkers it also meant the irrevocable end of philosophic certainty.
All the essays in this volume are complete except that of Locke, for which even he advised abridgment.« less