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In this passage, John Locke puts forth his ideas on the concept of infinity. He argues that, because we have never seen something truly infinite, we cannot entirely grasp the nature of infinity. This follows from his argument earlier in An Esssay…

George Berkeley was an Irish philosopher who put forth the notion that physical objects, such as a spoon and fork, were not material in nature, but instead were figments of our imagination. Furthermore, he believed that these objects could only exist…


17th century perception of slavery

Adam Smith describes an economic system designed such that individual greed and selfish passions are leveraged to do societal good. He intends to phase out the mercantilist system that was dominant at the time.

All ideas come from sensation or reflection. Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper, void of all characters, without any ideas: —How comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store which the busy and boundless fancy…

In Kant's first publication, he describes the categorical imperative: actions that are inherently good in themselves and do not use other actions or people as a means to an end.

A portrait of philosopher David Hume, published March 17 1823

George Berkeley (1685-1753) was an Anglo-Irish philosopher and bishop. He is best known for his immaterialism (denial of the existence of material substances) and anti-abstractionism (denial of abstract ideas). Berkeley is traditionally listed as one…


The first of four books from John Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding," which details his philosophical views of the human mind.


A mezzotint portrait of philosopher John Locke, mid-18th century
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