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May 2021

Locke Proof of God Morality Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: Locke 3, on God and Morality

Locke on God:  Locke was an empriricist who believed that all of our knowledge comes ultimately from our senses, see my earlier post.  So, he believed that we construct our idea of God from our sensory experiences of this world.  Or, more precisely, from experiences of one’s own human existence: its duration, its knowledge, its power, its wisdom, and other admirablee qualities.  And from our ‘reflections’, our thinking, on these qualities. …

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Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: Locke 1, Empiricism

I thought that Locke, with his reputation as one of the first empiricists, would have just stated the obvious: That philosophers should believe the evidence of their senses like everyone else has always done.  Mere words, with which we do our logicking, stem at least partly from our senses.  This would have begun a liberation of philosophy from the logicking madness that had gone before.   But no, he got there…

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: Locke 2, Politics

The USA’s Founding Fathers were influenced by John Locke’s concepts that mankind was endowed by nature with inalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that man at some stage had made a social contract with government to protect these rights.  Both of them were in his Two Treatises of Government of 1690.  Thomas Jefferson was well-versed in political philosophers of the Enlightenment. But. as stated…

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