By Locke, John; Stuart, Matthew
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 impression of Locke’s notion and writing throughout more than a few fields together with epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of technology, political thought, schooling, faith, and economics
- Delves into an important Lockean issues, akin to innate principles, notion, usual forms, unfastened will, usual rights, spiritual toleration, and political liberalism
- Identifies the political, philosophical, and spiritual contexts within which Locke’s perspectives constructed, with views from today’s top philosophers and scholars
- Offers an exceptional reference of Locke’s contributions and his persisted influence
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Loeb examines some points of contact between Locke and later empiricists (Berkeley and Hume, in particular), focusing on the issue of our knowledge of the existence of bodies. In Chapter 27, Richard J. Arneson shows how Locke’s Second Treatise gave rise to a diverse progeny of political philosophies. Finally, in Chapter 28 Mark Goldie takes stock of recent “postcolonial” interpretations of Locke as an apologist for imperialism. In the Essay, Locke holds that our sensitive knowledge is limited to the times at which we happen to be having experiences of external things.
That seems to make them distinct things, and yet for a while they would seem to be two bodies at the same place at the same time. Kaufman explores a number of responses to this exegetical difficulty. Locke’s account of personal identity – which first appeared in its full dress version in the second (1694) edition of the Essay – represents a startling break from the tradition he inherited, and has proven enormously influential. He parts ways with both Aristotelians and Cartesians by rejecting what Kaufman calls a “substance-based” theory of identity over time.
Nor is it clear that he removed every passage expressing a view that he had come to renounce. 10 INTRODUCTION Garrett describes several apparent inconsistencies in Locke’s account, and argues that all can be resolved happily. For example, in a number of passages that date back to the first edition, Locke contends that a person, P, is free in regard to an action, A, just in case both of the following are true: (i) if P wills to perform A, P does perform A, and (ii) if P wills to forbear the performance of A, P forbears the performance of A.
A Companion to Locke by Locke, John; Stuart, Matthew