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John Locke (1632-1704) has a good claim to the title of thegreatest ever English philosopher, and was a founding father ofboth the empiricist tradition in philosophy and the liberaltradition in politics. This new book provides an accessibleintroduction to Locke's thought. Although its primary focusis on the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, it also discussesthe Two Treatises on Government, the Essay on Toleration, and theReasonableness of Christianity, and draws on materials fromLocke's correspondence and notebooks to shed light on thecontexts of these major works. Locke's arguments for…mehr

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John Locke (1632-1704) has a good claim to the title of thegreatest ever English philosopher, and was a founding father ofboth the empiricist tradition in philosophy and the liberaltradition in politics. This new book provides an accessibleintroduction to Locke's thought. Although its primary focusis on the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, it also discussesthe Two Treatises on Government, the Essay on Toleration, and theReasonableness of Christianity, and draws on materials fromLocke's correspondence and notebooks to shed light on thecontexts of these major works. Locke's arguments for hiscentral claims are subjected to close scrutiny, and his replies tohis main critics evaluated. A.J. Pyle takes as his guiding theme Locke's own maxim, thatGod has given humans enough knowledge for our needs. Thephilosopher who emerges from these pages is a strikingly modernfigure, anti-metaphysical in his attitude both to science and totheology, anti-authoritarian in his politics, and cautiouslyoptimistic about human progress. Locke is indeed one of thefounding figures of the Enlightenment, but for Pyle the LockeanEnlightenment is a modest affair of slow and hesitant gropingtowards the light. As well as serving as an introduction to Locke for students, thebook also helps to correct a number of significant errors andmisunderstandings that have marred our understanding of Locke andwill spark discussion and debate amongst scholars of his work.

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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 224
  • Erscheinungstermin: 04.04.2013
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780745676449
  • Artikelnr.: 38227575
Autorenporträt
Andrew Pyle is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol.
Rezensionen
"This book is an excellent commentary on the major areas of Locke's philosophy. It is informed with a deep respect for the complexity of Locke's thought and a wide reading in the sophisticated contemporary literature, both on Locke and more widely." -- John Rogers, Keele University

"A superb introduction to the philosophy of John Locke. It is balanced and insightful in its interpretations and displays a keen grasp of the whole sweep of Locke's philosophy. While there is much here for the scholar, this book is just the right length and pitch for an undergraduate student text." -- Peter Anstey, University of Otago, New Zealand

"A. J. Pyle has written an excellent book on the philosophy of John Locke. It is thorough, scholarly, historically informed, lucidly written, provocative and engaging. It leads the reader through thorny and conceptually difficult material with an effortless fluidity that neither sacrifices precision nor loses the reader in minutiae. This volume should be of interest to undergraduates, graduate students and non-specialists who are interested in Locke and his contribution to Western philosophy. I highly recommend it." -- Jan-Erik Jones, Southern Virginia University