John Locke and the Ethics of Belief
By (author) Nicholas P. Wolterstorff
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John Locke and the Ethics of Belief by Nicholas P. Wolterstorff
Book DescriptionNicholas Wolterstorff discusses the ethics of belief which Locke developed in Book IV of his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, where Locke finally argued his overarching aim: how we ought to govern our belief, especially on matters of religion and morality. Wolterstorff shows that this concern was instigated by the collapse, in Locke's day, of a once-unified moral and religious tradition in Europe into warring factions. His was thus a culturally and socially engaged epistemology. This view of Locke invites a new interpretation of the origins of modern philosophy. He maintained that instead of following tradition we ought to let 'reason be our guide.' Accordingly, after discussing Hume's powerful attack on Locke's recommended practice, Wolterstorff argues for Locke's originality and emphasizes his contribution to the 'modernity' of post-sixteenth-century philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521559096
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Practices of Belief: Volume 2, Selected Essays, Hardback (February 2010)
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Inquiring About God: Volume 1, Selected Essays, Hardback (February 2010)
This volume collects together Nicholas Wolterstorff's essays on the philosophy of religion written over the last thirty-five years.
In Defense of Kant's Religion, Paperback (October 2008)
Offers cogent grounds for taking Kant's religion seriously and defends him against the charges of incoherence. This book incorporates Christian essentials into the confines of reason, and argues that Kant establishes a rational religious faith in accord with religious conviction as it is elaborated in his mature philosophy.
Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by Nicholas P. Wolterstorff
The first systematic account of Reid's epistemology also relates Reid's philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions.
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