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The understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things, takes no notice of itself: and it requires art and pains to set it at a distance and make it its own object.... If by this inquiry into the nature of the understanding, I can discover the powers thereof; how far they reach; to what things they are in any degree proportionate; and where they fail us, I suppose it may be of use to prevail with the busy mind of man to be more cautious in meddling with things exceeding its comprehension; to stop when it is at the utmost extent of its tether; and to sit down in a quiet ignorance of those things which, upon examination, are found to be beyond the reach of our capacities.

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But he did not deny the reality of evil. Michael Zuckert has argued that Locke launched liberalism by tempering Hobbesian absolutism and clearly separating the realms of Church and State. However Locke never refers to Hobbes by name and may instead have been responding to other writers of the day.

He postulated that the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa. Contrary to pre-existing Cartesian philosophy he maintained that we are born without innate ideas and that knowledge is instead determined only by experience derived from sense perception. John Locke FRS (pron.

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