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John Locke was a seventeenth century philosopher In his Essay Concerning Human Understanding Locke makes the argument that the mind and body both exist and that they both interact with each other However in explaining his reasoning for his theory Locke raises some issues that are not backed with good reasoning George Berkeley another philosopher from the same time period identifies Lockes flaws in his theory and presents his own theories that resolve the problems with Lockes argument Lockes theory begins by stating that all ideas are the result of experience of sensations In book two Locke states this theory All ideas come from sensation or reflection Let us then suppose the mind to be as we say white paper void of all characters without any ideas how comes it to be furnished to this I answer in one word from EXPERIENCE in that all our knowledge is founded Locke continues on in his theory to say that there are ideas mind and qualities body Both of these are divided into two separate parts Ideas are both simple and complex Simple ideas come from senses that and unmixed and complex ideas come from more than one sense Just like ideas qualities are divided into parts primary and secondary All qualities have the power to produce ideas Primary qualities cause ideas of motion rest etc Secondary qualities are part of primary qualities and consist of colors textures etc Secondary qualities are how we perceive primary qualities Locke further explains that the body is a representation of ideas and that ideas are caused by qualities of the body Locke reasons that this is how ideas are formed and how the mind is composed The mind being as I have declared furnished with a great number of the simple ideas conveyed in by the senses as they are found in exterior things or by reflection on its own operations not imagining how
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