What is Locke's Theory of Representation?

British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (6):1077-1095 (2012)
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On a currently popular reading of Locke, an idea represents its cause, or what God intended to be its cause. Against Martha Bolton and my former self (among others), I argue that Locke cannot hold such a view, since it sins against his epistemology and theory of abstraction. I argue that Locke is committed to a resemblance theory of representation, with the result that ideas of secondary qualities are not representations

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Walter Ott
University of Virginia


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