John Locke: Selected Correspondence

Hardcover | November 1, 2002

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John Locke (1632-1704) was a prolific correspondent and left behind him over 3,600 letters, a collection almost unmatched in pre-modern times. A man of insatiable curiosity and wide social connections, his letters open up the cultural, social, intellectual, and political worlds of the laterStuart age. Spanning half a century, they mark the transition from the era of revolutionary Puritanism to the dawn of the Enlightenment. Locke is chiefly known as a philosopher, a theorist of empiricism in his Essay Concerning Philosophyrstanding, a theorist of liberalism in his Two Treatises ofGovernment, and a theorist of religious toleration in his Letter concerning Toleration. But his interests extended further still, to education, medicine, finance, theology, empire, and the natural world. He was a Fellow of the early Royal Society. He received letters from scholars in Paris andAmsterdam, from colonial administrators in Virginia, from aristocrats and shopkeepers, from children, from tenants, from politicians, from philosophic women, from astronomers, chemists, and physicists. He is one of the first people whose correspondence is as far flung as North America, India, andChina. A friend of Anglican archbishops and of freethinking anticlericals, of Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle, of William Molyneux the 'virtuoso' of Dublin, of Jean LeClerc of Amsterdam, and of Damaris Masham, Locke stood in the midst of the 'Republic of Letters'. This book brings together 245 ofthe most important and revealing letters. Half of them are letters written by Locke (twelve per cent of the total number surviving), the other half are letters written to him. If Locke's place is already secure among those who explore philosophy and political ideas, these letters will give Locke anew presence among those who are interested in the social and cultural worlds of seventeenth-century Britain.

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John Locke (1632-1704) was a prolific correspondent and left behind him over 3,600 letters, a collection almost unmatched in pre-modern times. A man of insatiable curiosity and wide social connections, his letters open up the cultural, social, intellectual, and political worlds of the laterStuart age. Spanning half a century, they mar...

Mark Goldie is a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 1.05 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionNote on the textChronologyLetters1. Revolutionary England, 1656-16602. Restoration Oxford and the Embassy to Cleves, 1660-16663. Lord Ashley's Servant and the 'New World', 1667-16754. France, 1675-16795. Popery and Arbitrary Power, 1679-16836. Exile in Holland, 1683-16887. The Glorious Revolution, 1688-16898. Government and the Law of Nature, 1690-16929. Philosophy and Correction, 1692-169410. Civility and Superstition, 1694-169511. Coinage and Commerce, 1695-169612. Reasonable Christianity, 1696-169713. Divinity and Ireland, 1697-169814. Manners and Americans, 1699-170115. Politics Revived, 1701-170316. Recessional, 1703-1704Biographical register of correspondentsFurther readingChecklist of letters selectedIndex