This selection of 28 unique essays examines the varied scope of John Locke’s contributions as a celebrated thinker, empiricist, and father of recent political theory.
Explores the effect of Locke’s inspiration and writing throughout various fields together with epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of technological know-how, political conception, schooling, faith, and economics.
Delves into crucial Lockean issues, similar to innate principles, notion, normal forms, unfastened will, normal rights, non secular toleration, and political liberalism.
Identifies the political, philosophical, and spiritual contexts within which Locke’s perspectives built, with views from today’s best philosophers and scholars.
Offers an extraordinary reference of Locke’s contributions and his endured effect .
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797). Intellectuals commonly took posts in aristocratic households – Hobbes did so with the Earls of Devonshire – and Locke undertook the characteristic tasks of a scholar-factotum: purchasing books, drafting memoranda, operating as “intelligencer,” maintaining contact with parliamentary supporters, distributing charitable donations, and negotiating matches in the elaborate marriage market. He went to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire to arrange a marriage between the earl’s son and the Earl of Rutland’s daughter, and supervised the education of the marriage’s progeny, 31 MARK GOLDIE the future philosopher, the third earl.
Stillingfleet 1698, 4–5). Locke makes no reply to that, but does, in his final letter, return to the tactic of defending himself point by point. Like its predecessors, this final letter is prolix and at times tedious, but also an important source of information about some of the Essay’s key metaphysical and epistemological doctrines. Government, Ethics, and Society Locke’s Two Treatises on Government appeared the same year as his Essay, and was to prove as influential. Just as the Essay provides a modern alternative to traditional views about the sources of knowledge, so the Two Treatises provides a modern alternative to traditional views about the sources of political authority.
Locke’s grandfather bequeathed money for a Bible lecture, and he was baptised by a semi-conforming minister who ignored Prayer Book rubrics which troubled his conscience. For such Puritans as these, godliness flowed from Scripture and not from the inventions of priests, and true religion was to be found more in the pulpit than at the altar. When the Civil War came, Locke’s father fought in the Parliamentarian army, and Colonel Popham’s troops destroyed the “superstitious” windows, organ, and episcopal throne in Wells Cathedral.
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