Locke E.J. Lowe

ISBN: 9780203006412

Published: March 17th 2005

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Locke  by  E.J. Lowe

Locke by E.J. Lowe
March 17th 2005 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 0 pages | ISBN: 9780203006412 | 3.20 Mb

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 mostMoreJohn 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 Lockes thought, EJ Lowe covers all the major aspects of his philosophy.

Whilst sensitive to the Seventeenth century background to Lockes 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 Lockes 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 Lockes thought, such as his theory that language rests on ideas and how Lockes theory of personal identity paved the way for modern empirical psychology. A final chapter assesses Lockes legacy, and the book includes a helpful chronology of Lockes 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.



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