Locke on Real Essence

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[Revised entry by Jan-Erik Jones on September 2, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
The technical term ‘real essence’ is introduced into the philosophical lexicon by the English philosopher John Locke (1632 – 1704) in his An Essay Concerning Human Understanding[1] (hereafter “Essay”) that was first published in London, in December of 1689. In order to understand a great many of Locke’s arguments in Books III and IV of the Essay, it is important to understand what a real essence is. Thus, the purpose…

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