**Live** An Introduction to the Philosophy of John Locke (1632-1704), the English Empiricist
03 November 2020
The talk will focus on Locke’s main work of Philosophy, ‘An Essay Concerning Human Understanding’ (1689),in which he sets out to define the origin and extent of human knowledge. In the first book of the Essay, Locke criticizes the doctrine of innate ideas as the basis upon which, in the second Book ’Of Ideas’, he develops his conception of ideas as the foundation of his Materialism, and more importantly as the foundations for what knowledge is possible. This is the main theme of Book Four, ’Of Knowledge and Opinion’. In Book Three, Locke develops the idea of how words convey meaning through our language. This enables him to give a full account of the nature of knowledge, based on ideas and what knowledge is possible that can be understood. Locke’s Empiricism provided the basis on which science was possible according to his conception of knowledge and was a major contribution to the development of science since the 17th Century.