London: Printed for Edmund Parker,... 1740. The Fourth Edition. 3 volumes; Folio. Contemporary full calf boards, recently respined to style with red title label and gilt; edges tinted. With portrait frontispiece and 1 plate. Original boards scratched and marked, corners repaired. Browning and foxing throughout. Bookplate to paste downs. A handsome set. John Locke lived his life unvexed by the cares of a profession or public affairs. He was subjected to some persecution, first on account of his connection with Lord Shaftesbury after the latter's flight in 1682, when Lock was forced to take refuge in Holland. It was there that he published his first work, some articles on the miscellanery of Le Clerc. In 1689 he was able to return to England, and he spent the last fourteen years of his life in the household of Sir Francis Masham. Locke was the first to take up the challenge of Bacon and to attempt to estimate critically the certainty and adequacy of Human Knowledge when confronted with God and the universe....His conclusion is that though knowledge must necessarily fall short of complete comprehension, it can at least be 'sufficient'; enough to convince us that we are not at the mercy of pure chance, and can to some extent control our own destiny. Item #43160
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