Locke's Science of Knowledge

2017.06.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Priselac, Locke's Science of Knowledge, Routledge, 2017, 240pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138918832. Reviewed by
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2017.06.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Priselac, Locke's Science of Knowledge, Routledge, 2017, 240pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138918832. Reviewed by Georges Dicker, The College at Brockport, State University of New York This study of Locke's epistemology in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is an original, ambitious, and complex monograph that also shows command of the relevant recent Locke scholarship. Although Matthew Priselac expounds Locke's epistemology as a whole, especially as presented in Books II and IV of the Essay, he says that his chief concern is Locke's "account of knowledge of the external world" (15; compare 9-11, 52, 60), and indeed his multi-layered book's most striking aspect, though by no means its only theme, is a defense of Locke's position on knowledge of the external world, or what Locke calls "sensitive knowledge." Such a defense faces at least two questions: (1) how can Locke avoid skepticism, given his. . .

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