far apart as standard historiesofphilosophy make them appear. Locke, for
example, did not dispute the role of the intellect in the formation of ideas.
According to him, sense perception is the primary process by which we obtain
knowledge about the world, but it is not sufficient; it suggests to us primary ideas,
but needs reflection in order to give rise to abstract thoughts. On the other side
of the divide was a similar scene, with the rationalist Leibniz conceding in his
rebuttal of Locke’s work that “the senses are necessary for all our actual knowledge”