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Overview

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, E.J. 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 by 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.

Lowe's approach is geared to the reader who wants to know more about John Locke and his work. Lowe's work will fully complement the reader's first encounter with the Essay Concerning Human Understanding. The reader will not only glean a comprehensive sense of the work's intricacies, arguments, and themes, but also a sense of Locke's life and the Essay's relation to Locke's other major works.

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'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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415283489
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/13/2005
  • Series: Routledge Philosophers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

E.J. Lowe is professor of philosophy at the University of Durham. He is author of Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Locke on Human Understanding and An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Locke's life and work 1
2 Ideas 15
3 Perception 35
4 Substance 67
5 Identity 93
6 Action 119
7 Language 143
8 Knowledge 171
Bibliography 195
Index 199
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