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A Companion to Locke

A Companion to Locke

Matthew Stuart (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-32879-8 September 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 592 Pages




This collection of 28 original essays examines the diverse scope of John Locke’s contributions as a celebrated philosopher, empiricist, and father of modern political theory.

  • Explores the impact of Locke’s thought and writing across a range of fields including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, political theory, education, religion, and economics
  • Delves into the most important Lockean topics, such as innate ideas, perception, natural kinds, free will, natural rights, religious toleration, and political liberalism
  • Identifies the political, philosophical, and religious contexts in which Locke’s views developed, with perspectives from today’s leading philosophers and scholars
  • Offers an unprecedented reference of Locke’s contributions and his continued influence

Notes on Contributors ix

References to Locke’sWorks xvi

Introduction 1
Matthew Stuart

Part I Life and Background 25

1 Locke’s Life 27
Mark Goldie

2 The Contexts of Locke’s Political Thought 45
Jacqueline Rose

3 Locke and Natural Philosophy 64
Peter R. Anstey

4 Locke and Scholasticism 82
E.J. Ashworth

5 Locke and Descartes 100
Lisa Downing

Part II Metaphysics and Epistemology 121

6 The Genesis and Composition of the Essay 123
J. R. Milton

7 The Theory of Ideas 140
David Soles

8 Locke’s Critique of Innatism 157
Raffaella De Rosa

9 Locke on Perception 175
Michael Jacovides

10 Primary and Secondary Qualities 193
Robert A.Wilson

11 Locke on Essence and the Social Construction of Kinds 212
Kenneth P.Winkler

12 Locke’s Theory of Identity 236
Dan Kaufman

13 Liberty and Suspension in Locke’s Theory of theWill 260
Don Garrett

14 Language and Meaning 279
E.J. Lowe

15 Locke on Knowledge and Belief 296
Antonia LoLordo

16 Sensitive Knowledge: Locke on Skepticism and Sensation 313
Jennifer Nagel

17 Locke on Thinking Matter 334
Martha Brandt Bolton

18 The Correspondence with Stillingfleet 354
Matthew Stuart

Part III Government, Ethics, and Society 371

19 Locke on the Law of Nature and Natural Rights 373
S. Adam Seagrave

20 Locke on Property and Money 394
Richard Boyd

21 Locke on the Social Contract 413
A. John Simmons

22 Locke on Toleration 433
Alex Tuckness

23 Locke on Education 448
Ruth W. Grant and Benjamin R. Hertzberg

Part IV Religion 467

24 Locke’s Philosophy of Religion 469
Marcy P. Lascano

25 The Reasonableness of Christianity and A Paraphrase and Notes on the Epistles of St Paul 486
Victor Nuovo

Part V Locke’s Legacy 503

26 Locke and British Empiricism 505
Louis E. Loeb

27 Locke and the Liberal Tradition 528
Richard J. Arneson

28 Locke and America 546
Mark Goldie

Index 564