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The Mind of John Locke

The Mind of John Locke
A Study of Political Theory in its Intellectual Setting

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  • Date Published: September 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521638722

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  • John Locke (1632SH1704) is a central figure in the history of liberal doctrine. His mind spanned questions concerning Christian worship, ethics, political economy, medicine, human understanding, revealed theology, and education. The effect of this study is both to show how the character of his wider concerns informed The Two Treatises of Government and to indicate how his political theory, in its turn, contributed to the further development of his vision. The book therefore offers the first fully integrated study of the mind of John Locke.

    • One of the most complex and most important studies of the thought of John Locke
    • Relates what Locke thought about religion, education, medicine, ethics, and other topics, to his political thought
    • A major addition to the really essential literature on one of the most central figures in the history of thought
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    "This is an impressively learned and detailed historical account of Locke's political theory....If one is seeking a thorough, judicious, and scholarly account of Locke's political theory, especially if one is interested in its relationship to other aspcets of his thought and the ideas of his contemporaries, then Harris's book has much to commend it....a serious and substantial contribution to Locke scholarship." Ethics

    "This is the first study to explain convincingly and against a larger background of theological-philosophical coherenece Locke's changing position on church-state relations spanning the Two Tracts of 1660-62. the Essay on Toleration of 1667, A Defense of Nonconformity (1682) and ending with the classic Letter (Latin, 1685; English, 1689)." Journal of Church and State

    "Harris's work is a substantial contribution to the literature regarding John Locke." Church History

    "There is much of interest in Harris's argument." Journal of Modern History

    "The thrust of Harris' superb scholarship is to find consistency and interrelatedness where some have emphasized inconsistencies and contradictions, and its main value is to illuminate the interplay of religion and politics in Locke's mind." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521638722
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.725kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the revised edition
    A note on citations
    1. Order and its values
    Part I. A Developing Mind and Locke's Early Politics
    2. The problem of church and state
    3. Exploring natural law
    4 Toleration, church and state
    5. A philosophical position and its political origins
    Part II. Church and State:
    6. From 'An essay concerning Toleration' to the Epistola de Tolerantia
    7. The mind of Locke and Two Treatises of Government
    Part III: Some Intellectual Consequences of Locke's Political Theory:
    8. On natural law and its obligation
    9. Theology and conduct in Some Thoughts Concerning Education
    10. Reinterpreting Christianity

  • Author

    Ian Harris, University of Leicester

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