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John Locke was one of the greatest figures of the Enlightenment, whose assertion that reason is the key to knowledge changed the face of philosophy. These writings on thought, ideas, perception, truth and language are some of the most influential in the history of Western thought.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ouJohn Locke was one of the greatest figures of the Enlightenment, whose assertion that reason is the key to knowledge changed the face of philosophy. These writings on thought, ideas, perception, truth and language are some of the most influential in the history of Western thought.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are....

Title : Of the Abuse of Words
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ISBN : 9780141043876
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 132 Pages
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Of the Abuse of Words Reviews

  • Sofia
    2019-05-08 16:15

    Posted on my book blog.Background: I am a fan of the Penguin – Great Ideas series of books, so when I saw this book for sale I thought it would be a great opportunity to further my knowledge of philosophy, since I I knew John Locke and his writings only on a very general level.Review: As you can probably tell by the title, this is mainly a book about epistemology and etymology. He starts by exploring the way ideas are formed by the human mind, and explains how some types of ideas are more liable to error than others. He explains what it means for an idea to be “adequate” or not, on the basis that words will always be liable to mistakes if the ideas they are trying to convey aren’t clear. He goes on to explore language itself, and how it is prone to mistakes (and, eventually, to “disputes”) because men usually believe words to be the thing that they supposedly stand for. Since we mostly learn words before learning about ideas, most of the definitions we have will not be exactly the same everyone else has, and we will be using the same words to signify different things.The book is interesting but, I must admit, I found it a bit hard to get into, mainly because of the language – some words, specially prepositions, seem to have changed somewhat, which confused a bit. Also, the sentences are unusually long. I suspect this might not be as big a problem for English native speakers as it was for me (I’m fluent in English and quite used to reading in this language, but it’s still not my primary language). If I had read this in Portuguese it would probably have been an easier read.If you’re interested in philosophy and language than this is definitely an important book to read. Just keep in mind it’s not an easy one.What’s Next: I have a few others from this collection, though not from a philosopher. It’s a really good-looking collection too (the covers are gorgeous) so I will most definitely keep getting them when I have the chance.

  • Héctor Iván Patricio Moreno
    2019-04-23 20:58

    Soy lo bastante ignorante de la filosofía para no saber antes de este libro quién es John Locke, pero lo disfruté mucho.Este escrito cubre desde como las ideas son generadas en nuestros pensamientos y los tipos de ideas que el autor ha examinado y llegado a la conclusión que existen. Es muy interesante leer a un hombre tan inteligente disertar de este tema y sin duda amplió muchísimo mi conocimiento acerca de las ideas en este aspecto y me hizo reflexionar mucho.La parte de las palabras es el complemento perfecto para esto, la que dice cómo es que comunicamos esas ideas que generamos a los demás y porque muchas veces se súper mal entienden.Los vicios que adquirimos al hablar me dejan pensando para intentar evitarlos y no caer en ellos en discusiones o pláticas en busca de llegar a un consenso. Me quedo con varias lecciones, para mejorar mi discurso:- Evitar palabras vacías (palabras de las que se la pronunciación pero no conozco completamente el significado o no se usar en contexto).- En una discusión o búsqueda de acuerdo y de la verad, más vale definir los términos que discutir sobre algo que de principio está mal establecido.- Ser constante con el uso de las palabras y su relación con la realidad.Es un libro que todo persona debería leer, te deja muy buenas cosas en las qué reflexionar y deja lecciones sobre como mejorar la comunicación y los propios pensamientos.

  • Belhor
    2019-05-12 20:12

    This was immensely interesting. I find that I've been abusing language! I'll try to retrain myself. I would recommend this short chapter to everyone.

  • William Marler
    2019-04-22 20:15

    Possibly the most interesting book I've ever read.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-05-10 20:14

    Taken from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, these essayes attempt to account for the origin of all our ideas. Its dry and academic in the extreme, but I'm interested in reading more from Locke, but preferably via audiobook.

  • Steve Mitchell
    2019-05-02 18:04

    Worth reading if you have an hour or so spare but this is not a book to be taken lightly

  • Fernando Gallegos
    2019-05-03 16:03

    Quien tenga nombres sin ideas dirá palabras sin sentido y pronunciara meros sonidos vacíos.

  • Peter Dellas
    2019-04-25 22:52

    Perhaps the pattern of standards that comprise the words that I used were miscommunicated, so let me repeat:niggaon dafritz

  • Liberis
    2019-05-07 21:00

    Απόσπασμα -από το ευρύτερο Δοκίμιο περί ανθρώπινης νόησης του 1690- οδηγός για να συνειδητοποιήσουμε γιατί πρέπει να σκεφτόμαστε καθετί που ακούμε αλλά και πόσο προσεχτικοί να είμαστε σε όσα λέμε. Μικρός θησαυρός περί γλώσσας!