Caribbean Journal of Philosophy, Vol 12, No 1 (2020)

From Empiricism through Metaphysics and the Fallacy of Egocentric Predicament in Locke’s Epistemology

Nelson Udoka Ukwamedua

Abstract


The implication of Locke’s empiricism goes beyond the limit/scope of which simple ideas and qualities come to us and impress themselves on us; this is especially as it concerns his unempirical substance. A painstaking analysis seems to suggest that Locke was not thorough to the end as at some point he was inconsistent with the tents of the tradition he spearheaded. Flowing from this and in lieu of examining his position, this research employed the critical analytic method to appraise his empiricism. From the analysis, it was palpable that Locke being a man of his time, set up from empiricism and the pragmatic physicalism of his time and with this he betrayed his foundation and expunged consistency as he dovetailed even into rationalism (via demonstration) and finally but strangely berthed in a metaphysical substance. This infamous drive was due to his brand of epistemological dualism which finally led him into the fallacy of egocentric predicament which is the crux and novelty in this research.

Keywords: Ideas, Qualities, Substance, Dualism, Empiricism, Egocentric Predicament.

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