by Edward Feser

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Thought by many to be the quintessential philosopher of the modern age, John Locke’s ideas are the key to understanding society and politics in the West. In this accessible introduction, Edward Feser explores Locke’s works and looks critically at his legacy. In this, the author argues, we find the origins of many of the conflicts that dominate modern politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780744537
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 418 KB

About the Author

Edward Feser is the author of Oneworld's Beginner's Guide to The Philosophy of Mind. He teaches philosophy at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California, and lives in North Hollywood.
Edward Feser teaches philosophy at Pasadena City College, California. He is the author of On Nozick and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hayek.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments

System of citations

1. The Quintessential Modern Philosopher
Locke’s significance
Locke’s life and character
Further reading

2. Locke in Context
The Scholastic tradition
Early modern philosophy and science
The Lockean project
Further reading

3. The Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Character of the work
Against innate notions
The theory of ideas
Perception and the physical world
Substance, essence, and language
Personal identity
Free will
Thinking matter and the existence of God
Further reading

4. The Second Treatise of Government
The Two Treatises in context
The law of nature
Tensions with the Essay
Private property
From the state of nature to civil society
Further reading

5. A Letter Concerning Toleration
Further reading

6. Locke’s Contestable Legacy

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