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Locke : Routledge Philosophers - E. J. Lowe


Routledge Philosophers

Paperback Published: 17th March 2005
ISBN: 9780415283489
Number Of Pages: 220

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John Locke (1632-1704) was one of the towering philosophers of the Enlightenment and arguably the greatest English philosopher. Many assumptions we now take for granted, about liberty, knowledge and government, come from Locke and his most influential works, "An" "Essay Concerning Human Understanding" and "Two Treatises of Government."
In this superb introduction to Locke's thought, EJ Lowe covers all the major aspects of his philosophy. Whilst sensitive to the Seventeenth century background to Locke's thought, he concentrates on introducing and assessing Locke in a contemporary philosophical setting, explaining why he is so important today.
Beginning with a helpful overview of Locke's life and times, he explains how Locke challenged the idea that the human mind and knowledge of the external world rested on innate principles, laying the philosophical foundations of empiricism later taken up Berkeley and Hume.
Subsequent chapters introduce and critically assess topics fundamental to understanding Locke: his theories of substance and identity, language and meaning, philosophy of action and free will, and political freedom and toleration. In doing so, he explains some of the more complex yet pivotal aspects of Locke's thought, such as his theory that language rests on ideas and how Locke's theory of personal identity paved the way for modern empirical psychology. A final chapter assesses Locke's legacy, and the book includes a helpful chronology of Locke's life and glossary of unfamiliar terms.
Ideal for those coming to Locke for the first time, in any discipline, EJ Lowe provides a stimulating and lucid introduction to this widely-studied philosopher.

Industry Reviews

'An admirable introduction - written by a real philosopher with a real philosophical interest in Locke.' - Andrew Pyle, Bristol University, UK

'A wonderful contribution to the understanding of Locke by non-specialists.' - Dan Kaufman, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

'Admirably clear.' - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Chronologyp. xi
Life and Workp. 1
Locke's Life and Timesp. 2
Locke's Writingsp. 8
The Contemporary Impact of Locke's Workp. 15
Summaryp. 20
Further Readingp. 21
Knowledge and Experiencep. 22
Locke's Rejection of Innate Ideasp. 23
Locke's Version of Empiricismp. 32
Locke's Theory of Sense Perceptionp. 35
Was Locke an Indirect Realist?p. 38
Locke's Distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualitiesp. 48
Locke's Account of Knowledgep. 52
Summaryp. 57
Further Readingp. 58
Substance and Identityp. 59
Substance and Mode in Locke's Essayp. 60
Locke's Correspondence with Stillingfleetp. 64
Further Difficulties for Locke's Account of Substancep. 68
Martin's Interpretation of Lockean Substratump. 72
Substance and Real Essencep. 78
Locke on the Ideas of Number and Unityp. 82
Locke on Identity and Personal Identityp. 87
Summaryp. 97
Further Readingp. 98
Language and Meaningp. 99
Ideationism and Locke's Account of Languagep. 100
A Lockean Response to the Prejudices of Literacyp. 105
Locke and the Problem of Privacyp. 113
The Essential Role of Ideas in Thinkingp. 119
A Response to Some Objectionsp. 123
Summaryp. 126
Further Readingp. 127
Agency and Willp. 128
Locke on Free Action and 'Freedom of the Will'p. 129
Locke on Causation, Volition and Voluntary Actionp. 136
Locke and the Problem of 'Deviant Causal Chains'p. 141
Involuntariness and the Sufficiency Claimp. 147
Personhood, Personal Identity and Free Agencyp. 154
Summaryp. 158
Further Readingp. 159
Liberty and Tolerationp. 160
The State of Nature and the Nature of Manp. 162
Social Contract and Government by Consentp. 169
Locke's Theory of Property and Property Rightsp. 179
Rights of Resistance and the Limits of Political Obligationp. 188
Religious Tolerationp. 191
Summaryp. 196
Further Readingp. 197
Legacy and Influencep. 198
Glossaryp. 204
Bibliographyp. 209
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ISBN: 9780415283489
ISBN-10: 0415283485
Series: Routledge Philosophers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 17th March 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 15.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1