John Locke and the Philosophy of Mind

  title={John Locke and the Philosophy of Mind},
  author={Peter R. Anstey},
  journal={Journal of the History of Philosophy},
  pages={221 - 244}
  • Peter R. Anstey
  • Published 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Philosophy
This paper argues that, while Locke’s unstable usage of the term ‘mind’ prevents us from claiming that he had a theory of mind, it can still be said that he made a contribution to the philosophy of mind in its contemporary sense. After establishing that it was the term ‘soul’ that predominated in early modern British philosophy, the paper turns to Locke’s three central notions of the soul, the understanding, and the person. It is argued that there are two stages to the development of Locke’s… Expand
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