John Locke (1632–1704) is considered one of the most important philosophers of the modern era and the first of what are often called ‘the Great British Empiricists.’ His major work, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, was the single most widely read academic text in Britain for fifty years after its publication and set new limits to the scope and certainty of what we can claim to know about ourselves and the natural world. The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both highly influenced by Locke’s libertarian philosophical ideas, and Locke continues to have an impact on political thought, both conservative and liberal. It is less commonly known that Locke was a practicing physician, an influential interpreter of the Bible, and a policy maker in the English Carolina colonies.

The Lockean Mind provides a comprehensive survey of Locke’s work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising almost sixty chapters by a superb team of international contributors, the volume is divided into twelve parts covering the full range of Locke’s thought:

  • Historical Background
  • Locke’s Interlocutors
  • Locke’s Epistemology
  • Locke’s Philosophy of Mind
  • Locke on Philosophy of Language and Logic
  • Locke’s Metaphysics
  • Locke’s Natural Philosophy
  • Locke’s Moral Philosophy
  • Locke on Education
  • Locke’s Political Philosophy
  • Locke’s Social Philosophy
  • Locke on Religion

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Locke’s work is central to epistemology; metaphysics; philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; natural philosophy; ethical, legal-political, and social philosophy; as well as philosophy of education and philosophy of religion. This volume will also be a valuable resource to those in related humanities and social sciences disciplines with an interest in John Locke.

part 1|7 pages

Historical background

chapter 1|5 pages

Life and works

part 2|40 pages

Locke's interlocutors

chapter 2|7 pages

Locke and William Molyneux

chapter 5|5 pages

Locke and Edward Stillingfleet

chapter 6|6 pages

Locke and Anthony Collins

chapter 7|3 pages

Locke and Jonas Proast

chapter 8|6 pages

Locke and Philippus van Limborch

part 3|51 pages

Locke's epistemology

chapter 9|11 pages

Locke against the nativists

chapter 11|12 pages

Locke on knowledge and opinion

chapter 13|10 pages

Locke on cognitive bias

Of the Conduct of the Understanding and diseases of the mind

part 4|59 pages

Locke's philosophy of mind

part 5|38 pages

Locke on philosophy of language and logic

part 6|62 pages

Locke's metaphysics

part 7|74 pages

Locke's natural philosophy

chapter 29|10 pages

Locke on physiology and medicine

chapter 30|13 pages

Locke on scientific methodology

chapter 31|9 pages

Locke and corpuscularianism

chapter 33|12 pages

Locke on essences

chapter 35|9 pages

Locke, Newton, and Edmund Law

part 8|43 pages

Locke's moral philosophy

chapter 36|10 pages

Locke's metaethics

chapter 37|9 pages

Locke on knowledge of morality

chapter 38|10 pages

Locke's moral psychology

part 9|33 pages

Locke on education

part 10|58 pages

Locke's political philosophy

chapter 44|10 pages

Locke on property

chapter 45|8 pages

Locke on consent

chapter 46|10 pages

Locke and executive power

chapter 47|9 pages

Locke on toleration

Rejecting the sovereign remedy

part 11|56 pages

Locke's social philosophy

chapter 50|11 pages

Locke on slavery

chapter 51|9 pages

Locke on marriage

chapter 53|13 pages

Locke on midwifery and childbirth

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