Locke on Knowing Our Own Ideas (and Ourselves)

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Locke defines knowledge as the perception of the agreement or disagreement of ideas. Nevertheless, he claims that we know particular things: the identity of our ideas, our own existence, and the existence of external objects. Although much has been done to reconcile the definition of knowledge with our knowledge of external objects, there is virtually nothing in the scholarship when it comes to knowing ideas or our own existence. I fill in this gap by arguing that perceptions of ideas are complex mental states that convey propositional knowledge due to agreeing elements therein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-370
Number of pages24
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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