Locke And Innate Ideas

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Locke is one the most important philosophers when it comes to the western world. He was used in his political views for the creation of the declaration of independence. Besides his political views this paper will be talking predominantly about his metaphysical ones: the first one is of his view of the human mind and how we are blank slates and use primary and secondary qualities to create our experiences, second is his points on freewill and how we choose our freedom, and the state of nature and how civilized we are in it.
Innate ideas is a strong subject in back in the days with some great philosophers like Descartes and Spinoza agreeing with this but Locke rejects the idea of innate knowledge. With innate ideas locke argues that even infants would know these things. Locke thinks that human minds are essentially blank slates and that all our knowledge comes from experience. He thinks everything we do in our lives are experience based and that's how we acquire our information. Thus breaking down his idea of knowledge into two parts with primary and secondary qualities. Primary qualities are predominantly considered simple ideas
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I have felt that there is a big difference between will and liberty and how people use the idea of freewill very frivolously since they get the two confused. Not to my knowledge that maybe most people see freewill as a sense of liberty or if they understand if it is just willingness of something, it could be both. Americans use free will as a defence for what we do but we are not truly free since we have laws set up which would be the best idea of it being of our choice to evidently be in that room knowing or not knowing that we are locked inside. We as humans have chosen these ideals for ourselves maybe out of fear of people reverting to the point they can do what they want like some kind of Purge movie or just to keep everyone as

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