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What Idea stands for.       §8. Thus much I thought necessary to say concerning the Occa-
sion of this Enquiry into humane Understanding. But, before I
proceed on to what I have thought on this Subject, I must here in
the Entrance beg pardon of my Reader, for the frequent use of the
Word Idea, which he will find in the following Treatise. It being
that Term, which, I think, serves best to stand for whatsoever is
the Object of the Understanding when a Man thinks, I have used it
to express whatever is meant by Phantasm, Notion, Species, or whatever
it is, which the Mind can be employ’d about in thinking; and I
could not avoid frequently using it.
      I presume it will be easily granted me, that there are such Ideas in
Men’s Minds; every one is conscious of them in himself, and Men’s
Words and Actions will satisfy him, that they are in others.
      Our first Enquiry then shall be, how they come into the Mind.
Locke Hum I, 1, §8, pp. 47-48