An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a 1689 philosophical treatise by John Locke, in which he rejects nativism--the notion that humans are born with certain knowledge hard-wired. Locke claims argues that the human mind is a blank slate that is later filled with ideas through experience and reflection. Locke also discusses language as a uniquely human ability to create definitions and sharp distinctions, as well as the relationship between an individual's knowledge and actual knowledge.

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