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Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding : Volume 1: Drafts A and B - John Locke

Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Volume 1: Drafts A and B

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Published: 2nd August 1990
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This is the first of three volumes which will contain all of Locke's extant philosophical writings relating to An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, not included in other Clarendon editions like the Correspondence. It contains the earliest known drafts of the Essay, Drafts A and B, both written in 1671, and provides for the first time an accurate version of Locke's text. Virtually all his changes are recorded in footnotes on each page. Peter Nidditch, whose highly acclaimed edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding was published in this series in 1975, used pioneering editorial techniques in his compilation of Volume 1. Most of the work was completed before his tragically early death in 1983. Volumes 2 and 3, almost wholly the work of G. A. J. Rogers will contain the third extant draft of the Essay (Draft C), the Epitome and the Conduct of the Understanding. They will also include a History of the Writing of the Essay, together with other shorter writings by Locke.

'The editorial work here has been done in exemplary fashion. Nidditch's aim was to provide a perspicuous representation both of the form and of the content of the text being edited, thus meeting the disparate and indeed often conflicting needs of the paleographical scholar and the reader interested in the author's opinions. There is no doubt that Nidditch has, with Rogers's help, succeeded admirably in realizing this double objective in the case of Locke's drafts.' Vere Chappell, University of Massachusetts, International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXXII, No. 2, June 1992 'The editorial work here has been done in exemplary fashion. Nidditch's aim was to provide a perspicuous representation both of the form and of the content of the text being edited, thus meeting the disparate and indeed often conflicting needs of the paleographical scholar and the reader interested in the author's opinions. There is no doubt that Nidditch has, with Rogers's help, succeeded admirably in realizing this double objective in the case of Locke's drafts.' Vere Chappell, University of Massachusetts, IPQ 32 (1992) Vol. 32, No 2, June 1992 'the on-going Clarendon Edition of The Works of John Lockle, which has finally brought readers a reliable and affordable edition of Locke's Essay, edited by Peter Nidditch ... Most of us would wish such a scholarly epitaph for ouselves, especially since ... this edition established and sustained the most elaborate and exacting editorial protocols. The Correspondence of John Locke thus stands perhaps foremost among a number of distinguished editions of Restoration authors.' Richard Kroll, University of California, Irvine

Introduction; Locke's Essay and its manuscript sources; The contents of drafts; The production of this volume; The manuscript sources of the texts; History of the manuscripts; Previous publications; The editorial principles of this edition; The text: Draft A; Draft B contents; Draft B; Appendices: Comparative table of draft A and the Essay; Comparative table of draft B and the Essay; The allograph copy of draft A; The editorial method of Peter Nidditch

ISBN: 9780198245452
ISBN-10: 0198245459
Series: Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 2nd August 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.65