Though nominally influenced by the British empiricists
of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Byrne explains, Burke in fact resists the atomistic inclinations that tended to characterize this philosophical tradition.
"How do we know that we know?" is the pertinacious problem of modern Western philosophy and neither the rationalist Descartes nor the British empiricists
succeeded in solving this problem from within the confines of their starting point, i.e., by describing human knowledge.
Italian scholars since the 1920s have discussed Green's ethics and his theory of political obligation, and many of them have defended Green from the charge of British empiricists
that he was in thrall to German idealism.
The 24 selections present writings by and criticism of towering 18th-century British empiricists
John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume.
For example, how are these thinkers related: Immanuel Kant, the British empiricists
, and Jurgen Habermas and the Frankfurt School of critical theory?