Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education andhis Conduct of the Understanding form a nice bridgebetween An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and hispolitical works. Nathan Tarcov and Ruth Grant write in theintroduction to their edition of these works: “The idea ofliberty, so crucial to all of Locke's writings on politics andeducation, is traced in the Essay to reflection on the power of themind over one's own actions, especially the power to suspend actionsin the pursuit of the satisfaction of one's own desires until after afull consideration of their objects (II. xxi 47, 51–52). TheEssay thus shows how the independence of mind pursued inthe Conduct is possible.”(Grant and Tarcov (1996)xvi).
In An Essay concerning Human Understanding, John Locke sets out his theory of knowledge and how we acquire it. Eschewing doctrines of innate principles and ideas, Locke shows how all our ideas, even the most abstract and complex, are grounded in human experience and attained by sensation of external things or reflection upon our own mental activities. A thorough…
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, by John Locke
: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689).38th Edition from William Tegg, London; scanned in three separate excerpts from early in the work.