An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Locke

Narrated By: LibriVox Volunteers

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2016

Duration: 17 hours 25 minutes


John Locke's essays on human understanding answers the question "What gives rise to ideas in our minds?". In the first book Locke refutes the notion of innate ideas and argues against a number of propositions that rationalists offer as universally accepted truth. In the second book Locke elaborates the role played by sensation, reflection, perception and retention in giving rise to simple ideas. Then he elaborates on how different modes, substances and relations of simple ideas (of the same kind) give rise to complex ideas v.g. space, time, infinity etc. Finally he discusses complex ideas of mixed modes which arise from a combination of simple ideas of different kinds v.g. identity and diversity, cause and effect, etc. (Summary by bala)


  • Paul W

    While I very much appreciate someone having taken the time to read and record Locke, the combination of old language used in the essay with the accent of the narrator made this a struggle to decipher.

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