Due, as an attachment, via the “Assignments” tool on eCommons, by 11:55pm
Thursday, April 21.
Identify a short passage — either one of those listed here or, if you prefer,
another one of similar length — which can be interpreted in (at least)
two diﬀerent ways. Give two diﬀerent interpretations, indicating brieﬂy
what can be said in favor of each (on the basis of the text itself and/or
based on other things you know about Locke’s views). No need to ﬁnd a
conclusive argument for one interpretation or the other — if nothing else, you
don’t have space for that; just give each of them some reasonable support.
(Needless to say this should be your own original work.If you have
any questions about policies on plagiarism and related issues, please see
Along with the suggested passages below you will ﬁnd some hints as to why
they might be diﬃcult to understand. You need not follow those hints, however;
please ignore them if you don’t ﬁnd them useful.
Note that this is not a full scale paper — please do not write an introduction
and conclusion, summarize other, irrelevant parts of the text, etc. Just focus on
doing the above.
You can ﬁnd answers to some commonly asked questions about my
assignments and grading in my FAQ.