Consciousness in Locke by Shelley Weinberg

Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (1):164-165 (2017)

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Shelley Weinberg’s Consciousness in Locke builds on her previous journal articles and makes significant contributions to John Locke scholarship by offering the first systematic study of consciousness throughout Locke’s Essay. According to Weinberg, consciousness for Locke is self-referential, non-evaluative awareness internal to every thought or perception. She argues that once we realize the complexity of any perception—namely that every perception involves, “at the very least, an act of perception, an idea perceived, and consciousness ” —we can see that Locke’s conception of consciousness connects important themes in his philosophical psychology, namely his theory of...

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