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John Locke publishes his Essay concerning Human Understanding, arguing that all knowledge is based on experience       
John Locke, by Herman Verelst, 1689
National Portrait Gallery, London

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25-year-old George Berkeley attacks Locke in his Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge        
In his Science of Knowledge Johann Gottlieb Fichte contrasts the I, or Ego, and its opposing non-I, or non-Ego       
Scottish anthropologist James Frazer publishes The Golden Bough, a massive compilation of contemporary knowledge about ritual and religious custom