Toleration and Understanding in Locke

Hardcover | January 14, 2017

byNicholas Jolley

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Despite recent advances in Locke scholarship, philosophers and political theorists have paid little attention to the relations among his three greatest works: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Two Treatises of Government, and Epistola de Tolerantia. As a result our picture of Locke'sthought is a curiously fragmented one. Toleration and Understanding in Locke argues that these works are unified by a concern to promote the cause of religious toleration. Making extensive use of Locke's neglected replies to Proast, Nicholas Jolley shows how Locke draws on his epistemologicalprinciples to criticize religious persecution - for Locke, since revelation is an object of belief, not knowledge, coercion by the state in religious matters is not morally justified. In this volume Jolley also seeks to show how the Two Treatises of Government and the letters for toleration adoptthe same contractualist approach to political theory; Locke argues for toleration from the function of the state where this is determined by the decisions of rational contracting parties. Throughout, attention is paid to demonstrating the range of Locke's arguments for toleration and to defendingthem, where possible, against recent criticisms. The book includes an account of the development of Locke's views about religious toleration from the beginning to the end of his career; it also includes discussions of his individualism about knowledge and belief, his critique of religious enthusiasm, his commitment to the minimal creed, and histeachings about natural law. Locke emerges as a rather systematic thinker whose arguments are highly relevant to modern debates about religious toleration.

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Despite recent advances in Locke scholarship, philosophers and political theorists have paid little attention to the relations among his three greatest works: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Two Treatises of Government, and Epistola de Tolerantia. As a result our picture of Locke'sthought is a curiously fragmented one. Tolera...

Nicholas Jolley was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Clare, College, Cambridge where he was both an undergraduate and a research student. He was later a Research Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge from 1974 to 1978, and has taught at the University of California, San Diego (1978-1999), Syracuse University (1999-2000), a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.01 inPublished:January 14, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Background: after the storm3. The project of demarcation4. Individualism: knowledge and belief5. Belief and the will6. Enthusiasm7. The bounds of civil power8. The way to heaven9. Natural law10. Conclusion