This selection of 28 unique essays examines the various scope of John Locke’s contributions as a celebrated thinker, empiricist, and father of contemporary political theory.
Explores the impression of Locke’s suggestion and writing throughout various fields together with epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of technological know-how, political conception, schooling, faith, and economics.
Delves into crucial Lockean subject matters, corresponding to innate rules, belief, usual forms, loose will, ordinary rights, non secular toleration, and political liberalism.
Identifies the political, philosophical, and non secular contexts within which Locke’s perspectives constructed, with views from today’s major philosophers and scholars.
Offers an extraordinary reference of Locke’s contributions and his persisted impact .
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Before then, he was obscure and unpublished, and for some years an exile; afterwards, he was famous and prolific. In his annus mirabilis, 1689, he published his cardinal work of epistemology, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, his epitome of the Whig theory of liberty and revolution, Two Treatises of Government, and his critique of religious coercion, A Letter Concerning Toleration. He was a child of the Reformation and a progenitor of the Enlightenment. 1 Early Years, 1632–1652 Locke was born in Wrington and brought up in nearby Pensford, a village six miles south of Bristol.
When Charles II’s successor, James II, used mandates to intrude Roman Catholics, they would be regarded as outrageous acts of arbitrary power. The king’s action on Locke’s behalf may simply have been at the latter’s request, but it is suggestive of the Court seeking recruits for royal service, for that is the path upon which Locke now embarked. In 1665–1666 he served as secretary to an embassy to Cleves, a German city near the Dutch border, on a mission to ensure the Elector of Brandenburg’s benign neutrality during England’s second commercial war against the Dutch.
London: Printed by J. H. for Henry Mortlock at the Phœnix in S Paul’s Church-yard. Woolhouse, R. (2007) Locke: A Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 23 Part I Life and Background 1 Locke’s Life MARK GOLDIE When John Locke was born, in 1632, England’s universities were dominated by Scholastic Aristotelianism, its authors obliged to submit their books to censors, its people ruled by a monarch who had ceased to call parliaments, and its worshippers punished if they did not conform to the established Church.