Locke's Causal Theory of Perception


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Locke believed that our ideas about the world are:

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1. How does Locke describe secondary qualities?

2. Why is Locke's theory of perception described as causal?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Among John Locke's other contributions to philosophy, he is known for developing an idea called the causal theory of perception. This quiz will test you on the specifics of this theory, and John Locke's related views. Some things you'll be tested on include primary and secondary qualities and causal perception.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Locke's beliefs about ideas of the world
  • Secondary qualities
  • Causal perception
  • Examples of primary qualities
  • The world outside of the mind

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you can accurately recall John Locke's views on human perception, specifically his causal theory of perception
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of examples of Locke's concepts of primary and secondary qualities as they apply to human perception and knowledge of the world
  • Knowledge application - using the information found in the lesson, identify Locke's views on the causal nature of human perception, and how we arrive at ideas of the world

Additional Learning

To learn more about John Locke's views on perception, review the corresponding lesson called Locke's Causal Theory of Perception. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Locke's views on perception
  • Representations of the world
  • Primary and secondary qualities
  • The causal theory of perception