English Philosophy in the Age of Locke

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

EditorM. A. Stewart

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English Philosophy in the Age of Locke presents a set of new essays investigating key issues in English philosophical, political, and religious thought in the second half of the seventeenth century. Particular emphasis is given to the interaction between philosophy and religion in the leadingpolitical thinkers of the period, and connections between philosophical debate on personhood, certainty, and the foundations of faith, and new conceptions of biblical exegesis.Paul Dumouchel examines church-state relations from the viewpoint of Hobbes's political theory. Knud Haakonssen explores the basis of obligation in Cumberland's theory of natural law, and Ian Harris the relation of Locke's account of justice to his theory of rights, each tracing his subject'sdistinctive views to a particular conception of God's design. John Milton reappraises the documentary evidence for Locke's reading of Gassendi. The theology of the Unitarian Controversy and Locke's relation to both Socinian and non-Socinian writers are explored at length by John Marshal. VictorNuovo places the Socinian debate itself in a broader context of Locke's lifelong concern to view all history and knowledge within a theocentric perspective to which the key was sound scriptural exegesis and a rationally founded faith. Udo Thiel's analysis of the personal identity debate amongEnglish theologians like Sherlock and South provides the philosophical context for Locke's place in these debates. M. A. Stewart investigates the philosophical background to Edward Stillingfleet's attacks on Locke; and Beverley Southgate explores the place of John Sergeant in the backlash againstscepticism precipitated by some of the philosophical trends of the day.

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English Philosophy in the Age of Locke presents a set of new essays investigating key issues in English philosophical, political, and religious thought in the second half of the seventeenth century. Particular emphasis is given to the interaction between philosophy and religion in the leadingpolitical thinkers of the period, and connec...

M. A. Stewart is Research Professor in the History of Philosophy, Universities of Aberdeen and Lancaster.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Paul Dumouchel: The political problem of religion2. Knud Haakonssen: The character and obligation of natural law according to Richard Cumberland3. Ian Harris: Locke on justice4. J. R. Milton: Locke and Gassendi: A reappraisal5. John Marshall: Locke, Socinianism, "Socinianism", and Unitarianism6. Victor Nuovo: Locke's theology, 1694-17047. Udo Thiel: The Trinity and human personal identity8. M. A. Stewart: Stillingfleet and the way of ideas9. Beverley Southgate: "Beating down scepticism": The solid philosophy of John Sergeant, 1623-1707

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