Discussion Questions on John
In Book IV, Locke turns to a consideration
of the nature and extent of human knowledge. Of course, he has
already established where we get the materials of our
knowledge from, viz., experience. The question he now focuses
upon is how those materials can yield knowledge.
1. Locke claims that there are different types of knowledge.
What are these types? What knowledge do they yield us?
2. In Chapter III, Locke establishes the limits of our knowledge.
What are the limitations?
3. How does Locke establish the existence of God? physical things?
other people? Do we have knowledge of all of these things?
4. Empirism is often linked to skepticism. How does Locke's discussion
of human knowledge illustrate this linkage?
5. What does Locke think that we can
know about the "external world"? How does his view
resemble and/or differ from Descartes'?
6. Locke distinguishes between faith and reason. How does he
characterize each of these? What sorts of things does he claim
are those about which faith must decide? What are the implications
of his view?