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John Locke pp 73-80 | Cite as

Ideas

  • J. D. Mabbott
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Part of the Philosophers in Perspective book series

Abstract

Locke defined ‘idea’ as ‘whatsoever is the object of the understanding when a man thinks’.1 Ideas are the entities of which words are the signs. They are (in a sense to be considered below) ‘in the mind’. But Locke never clears up the obvious problems which arise from these statements.

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Notes

  1. 7.
    G. A. Paul, in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Suppl. Vol. xv, 1936Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    Cf. especially J. L. Austin, Sense and Sensibilia, 1962Google Scholar
  3. 10.
    R. F. Holland, ‘The Em-Mind, 1954Google Scholar
  4. 15.
    H. W. B. Joseph, in Mind, 1927Google Scholar
  5. 16.
    G. Ryle, in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 1929–30Google Scholar

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