John Locke-Of Ideas Question 1

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JohnLocke-Of Ideas


Someof the examples of ideas given by Locke are those articulated by thewords including sweetness, elephant, whiteness, drunkenness,thinking, hardness, army, man, motion among others. It is not theonly list of the ideas that a human can have because of the currentsocial, economic, political, technological and environmental changes.Army, drunkenness, and motion can neither be categorized asreflective nor sensible ideas. The people can only feel their effectsfrom the earlier actions that have occurred. For example, drunkennesscan only be felt after drinking alcohol. Otherwise, it is hard tohave an idea what it is. An army is a group of soldiers or ants,which is also hard to understand.


Lockepresents the internal operations and sensible external objects as thetwo classifications of experience. He considers the human mind as thewhite blank paper containing no ideas or characters. He then arguesthat the mind later becomes furnished with a lot of information whichis then stored considered as the knowledge. According to him, it canonly be achieved through life experiences. I disagree that none oftwo categories contain innate ideas because the internal operationsof a human mind can rely on knowledge incorporated during braindevelopment of a fetus. Every person is born with some knowledge inhis or her mind that contributes to thinking.


Lockedescribes sensible qualities as conveying of information into thehuman mind through body sensing such as touching, tasting, hearing,seeing or feeling. The information originates from the sensibleobjects, in which people takes different perspectives. After somebodysenses something, he or she gets an idea what or how it is. Forexample, the appearance of something or an object like a tree bringsa sense that most of the plants have green leaves. If somebodytouches fire, he or she knows that it is hot developing an idea thatit burns. Locke gives the ideas of yellow, cold, bitter, soft, white,hot, sweet and hard sensible objects that create differentperceptions in human mind.


Lockeconsiders that there are some passions develop in individual’s mindconcerning uneasiness or satisfaction such as perception, willing,reasoning, thinking, believing, knowing and doubting. They arereflections from the internal operation of owns mind. I agree withthe author that the mental processes compose of internal senses,depending on nature of mind when someone was born. If two people areto give opinions concerning something that requires the use ofgeneral knowledge, they will give different answers depending ontheir thinking, perception or reasoning, which relies on internalsense. That is why there are differences in school performancesamongst the students.


Lockeappeals to the reader that the external objects furnish the humanmind with some ideas concerning sensible qualities creating differentperceptions amongst the individuals. Secondly, he suggests that theoperations in mind assist people to understand the ideas. It is onlythese two ways that people acquire compounded stock of ideas. Theauthor wants the readers to examine their thoughts and compare withhis understanding and testify that all the ideas they have are basedon objects of own senses or operations of the mind referred to asreflection. Furthermore, even if someone takes a strict view of how aload of knowledge was lodged in his mind, it will still rely on thetwo features.