An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Book II

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

John Locke wrote four essays on human (or humane) understanding. Here are a few quotes from the book:

"I see no reason to believe, that the soul thinks before the senses have furnished it with ideas to think on. The dreams of sleeping men are, as I take it, all made up of the waking man's ideas, though for the most part oddly put together. Can the soul think, and not the man, or a man think, and not be conscious of it? Suppose the soul of Castor separated, during his sleep, from his body, to think apart. Let us suppose too, that it chooses for its scene of thinking the body of another man, v. g. Pollux, who is sleeping without a soul. Nobody can imagine that his soul can think, or move a body at Oxford, whilst he is at London. The question is, whether if the same substance which thinks, be changed, it can be the same person; or, remaining the same, it can be different persons? Whiteness and coldness are no more in snow than pain is."

John Locke wrote four essays on human (or humane) understanding. The first and second have been recorded into LibriVox. This recording is a repetition of the second of Locke's Essays. All of his essays were, and are, very influential. Edward Stillingfleet 1635-1699 (Bishop of Worcester) wrote a Critique of Locke’s ideas and many letters to him. Locke’s Essays inspired Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) to write his New Essays Concerning Human Understanding and Victor Cousin analyzed all four books in his 1834 Elements of Psychology. - Summary by Craig Campbell

Genre(s): Education, Philosophy, Psychology

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1 Of Ideas in general, and their Original Pamela Nagami
Play 02 Chapters 2-7 Of Simple Ideas, Of Ideas of one Sense, Of Solidity, Of Simple Ideas of diverse Senses, Of Simple Ideas of Reflection, Of Simple Ideas of both Sensation and Reflection franklinvios
Play 03 Chapter 8 Some farther Considerations concerning our Simple Ideas Brian C. Rideout
Play 04 Chapter 9 Of Perception garybclayton
Play 05 Chapter 10 Of Retention garybclayton
Play 06 Chapter 11 Of Discerning, and other Operations of the Mind garybclayton
Play 07 Chapter 12 Of Complex Ideas garybclayton
Play 08 Chapter 13 Of Simple Modes, and first of the Simple Modes of Space Patrick Munoz
Play 09 Chapter 14 Of Duration, and its simple Modes Patrick Munoz
Play 10 Chapter 15 Of Duration and Expansion, considered together enz2103
Play 11 Chapter16 Of Number Joseph
Play 12 Chapter 17 Of Infinity Craig Campbell
Play 13 Chapters 18-19 Of Other Simple Modes, Of the Modes of Thinking Larry Wilson
Play 14 Chapter 20 Of Modes of Pleasure and Pain Craig Campbell
Play 15 Chapter 21 Of Power Part 1 ChadH94
Play 16 Chapter 21 Of Power Part 2 ChadH94
Play 17 Chapter 21 Of Power Part 3 ChadH94
Play 18 Chapter 21 Of Power Part 4 ChadH94
Play 19 Chapter 22-Of Mixed Modes franklinvios
Play 20 Chapter 23 Of our complex Ideas of Substances Part 1 realisticspeakers
Play 21 Chapter 23 Of our complex Ideas of Substances Part 2 realisticspeakers
Play 22 Chapters 24-26 Of Collective Ideas of Substances, Of Relation, Of Cause and Effect and other Relations enz2103
Play 23 Chapter 27 Of Identity and Diversity Part 1 garybclayton
Play 24 Chapter 27 Of Identity and Diversity Part 2 garybclayton
Play 25 Chapter 27 Footnote: Locke discusses the Bishop of Worchester Part 1 garybclayton
Play 26 Chapter 27 Footnote: Locke discusses the Bishop of Worchester Part 2 garybclayton
Play 27 Chapter 28 Of Moral Relations Kathleen Nelson
Play 28 Chapter 29 Of Clear and Obscure, Distinct and Confused Ideas Leon
Play 29 Chapter 30 Of Real and Fantastical Ideas Mayah
Play 30 Chapter 31 Of adequate and inadequate Ideas Ryan Bassette
Play 31 Chapter 32 Of True and False Ideas Ryan Bassette
Play 32 Chapter 33 Of the Association of Ideas ChadH94