Writing Exercises

Author:Britt Anderson


There is only so much that one can learn by reading. At some point real mastery requires active learning, and this can be helped by being forced to put your thinking into words. My hope is that these writing exercises will provide readers with a chance to engage with the material in a concrete and educational way.


  1. What was the question that Molyneux asked Locke? Provide a link to the source in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
  2. Why was this question pertinent to Locke’s philosophy of mind?
  3. What was the answer Locke gave?
  4. What has been history’s answer and how was it determined?