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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…

This famous image was the cover of Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan"; it depicts a figurative representation of Hobbes' 'social contract', in which each individual person assents to the rule of a greater monarchy.

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…


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.

17th century perception of slavery

This painting of a scowling man wearing a scholar’s cap and brown gown has a powerful impression and a slightly threatening mood. It is said that this painting was originally painted as a personification of philosophy.


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This is a portrait of the 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke. His thoughts included societal manners and virtues, and he emphasized the importance of religion in a society. Notably, he supported the colonies in America to resist the unfair…

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

This quote shows the correlation between the acquisition of goods and knowledge. Sterne concludes that the satisfaction of new acquisition fuels the desire for more.
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