Locke: His Philosophical Thought

Paperback | January 1, 1999

byNicholas Jolley

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This book is a general introduction to the philosophy of John Locke, one of the most influential thinkers in modern times. Nicholas Jolley aims to show the fundamental unity of Locke's thought in his masterpiece, the Essay Concerning Human Understanding. In this work Locke advances a largelycoherent and consistent theory of knowledge; as against Descartes he argues that knowledge is possible to the extent that it concerns essences which are constructions of the human mind. Locke's famous discussions of individual topics, such as substance, personal identity, and free will, are alldesigned to contribute to the goal of analysing the nature and limits of knowledge. The book ends with a chapter on Locke's political philosophy which underlines the interest in promoting a more tolerant society that is common to both the Essay and the Two Treatises of Government.

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This book is a general introduction to the philosophy of John Locke, one of the most influential thinkers in modern times. Nicholas Jolley aims to show the fundamental unity of Locke's thought in his masterpiece, the Essay Concerning Human Understanding. In this work Locke advances a largelycoherent and consistent theory of knowledge; ...

Nicolas Jolley R is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. His publications include The Light of the Soul (1990), The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz (editor, 1995), and Nicolas Malebranche: Dialogues on Metaphysics and on Religion (co-edited with David Scott, 1997). He is also the editor of the forthcomin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Project of the Essay3. The Origin and Nature of Ideas4. The Philosophy of Matter5. The Mind-Body Problem6. Personal Identity7. Freedom and Volition8. Classification and Language9. Knowledge and Faith10. The Evils of AbsolutismBibliography; Index

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'...fascinating and insightful discussions of issues such as, among others, personal identity and the mind-body problem. ... Clearly written ... undoubtedly accessible to the philosophy undergraduate, while also containing sufficient substance to make it essential reading for all seriousscholars of Locke as well.' International Philosophical Quarterly