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This in book i will probably be received more favourably when i have shown where the understanding can get all its ideas from an account that i contend will be supported by everyones own observation and experience 2 let us then suppose the mind to have no ideas in it to be like white paper with nothing written on it how then. An essay concerning human understanding is a work by john locke concerning the foundation of human knowledge and understanding it first appeared in 1689 although dated 1690 with the printed title an essay concerning humane understandinghe describes the mind at birth as a blank slate tabula rasa although he did not use those actual words filled later through experience. Essay concerning human understanding introduction book i neither principles nor ideas are innate chapter i no innate speculative principles chapter ii no innate practical principles chapter iii other considerations concerning innate principles both speculative and practical book ii of ideas. Our authors great work the essay concerning human understanding he had been employed about for some years and he finished it in holland about the end of the year 1687 he made an abridgment of it himself which his friend mr le clerc translated into french and inserted in one of his bibliotheques. Chapter summary for john lockes an essay concerning human understanding vol 1 book 2 chapters 4 9 summary find a summary of this and each chapter of an essay concerning human understanding