by David Galland
Garret / Galland
Thanks to a philosophy course my daughter is currently taking, I have recently become more intimately acquainted with the British philosopher John Locke (1632-1704).
While Locke is famous for many other truly important ideas, our recent reacquaintance began after I reviewed an essay on Locke’s theory on the primary versus secondary qualities of things, a bit of a brain teaser.
Locke’s general line of thinking was that the only way to fundamentally understand anything is to first break it down to its most basic qualities.