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Locke and the Scriblerians: Identity and Consciousness in Early Eighteenth-Century Britain
     

Locke and the Scriblerians: Identity and Consciousness in Early Eighteenth-Century Britain

by Christopher Fox
 

Through a wide-ranging study of primary sources, Christopher Fox identifies and details a decisive moment in the history of the concept of the self. A key figure here is John Locke; the crucial document, his chapter on “Identity and Diversity” added to the second edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1694). Locke’s new concept

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Through a wide-ranging study of primary sources, Christopher Fox identifies and details a decisive moment in the history of the concept of the self. A key figure here is John Locke; the crucial document, his chapter on “Identity and Diversity” added to the second edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1694). Locke’s new concept of “identity of consciousness” was hotly debated for the next half century in philosophical, theological, and literary circles, and Fox makes a significant contribution in drawing attention to this controversy. By situating The Memoirs of Scriblerus in the debates, Fox also brings needed attention to a Scriblerian performance that deserves to be better known today. Fox’s book is necessary reading for anyone interested in the eighteenth century, in Locke and the Scriblerians, and in the larger history of the concepts of “self” and “consciousness.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520058590
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/20/1989
Pages:
174

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