A Quote from, "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" by John Locke

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A Quote from, "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" by John Locke

Subject

Philosophical Representation of The Make Up of Our Minds

Description

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 of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from Experience. In that all our knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives itself. Our observation employed either, about external sensible objects, or about the internal operations of our minds perceived and reflected on by ourselves, is that which supplies our understandings with all the materials of thinking. These two are the fountains of knowledge, from whence all the ideas we have, or can naturally have, do spring.

Creator

John Locke

Publisher

Scholar Press

Date

17th Century

Language

English

Type

Text

Citation

John Locke, “A Quote from, "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" by John Locke,” Enlightenmens, accessed January 20, 2021, https://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/264.

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