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Locke by E. J. Lowe
Book DescriptionJohn Locke (1632-1704) was one of the towering philosophers of the Enlightenment and arguably the greatest English philosopher. Many assumptions we now take for granted, about liberty, knowledge and government, come from Locke and his most influential works, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Two Treatises of Government. In this superb introduction to Locke's thought, E.J. Lowe covers all the major aspects of his philosophy. Whilst sensitive to the seventeenth-century background to Locke's thought, he concentrates on introducing and assessing Locke in a contemporary philosophical setting, explaining why he is so important today. Beginning with a helpful overview of Locke's life and times, he explains how Locke challenged the idea that the human mind and knowledge of the external world rested on innate principles, laying the philosophical foundations of empiricism later taken up by Berkeley and Hume. Subsequent chapters introduce and critically assess topics fundamental to understanding Locke: his theories of substance and identity, language and meaning, philosophy of action and free will, and political freedom and toleration. In doing so, he explains some of the more complex yet pivotal aspects of Locke's thought, such as his theory that language rests on ideas and how Locke's theory of personal identity paved the way for modern empirical psychology. A final chapter assesses Locke's legacy, and the book includes a helpful chronology of Locke's life and glossary of unfamiliar terms.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415283472
(216mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 17-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author E. J. Lowe
Forms of Thought, Paperback (July 2015)
Lowe investigates the forms of thought, showing how this study is crucial to understanding the powers of the intellect.
More Kinds of Being, Paperback (December 2014)
Taking into account significant developments in the metaphysical thinking of E.J. Lowe over the past 20 years, More Kinds of Being:A Further Study of Individuation, Identity, and the Logic of Sortal Terms presents a thorough reworking and expansion of the 1989 edition of Kinds of Being.
Mental Causation and Ontology, Hardback (March 2013)View all books by E. J. Lowe
This book demonstrates the importance of ontology for a central debate in philosophy of mind. Mental causation seems an obvious aspect of the world. But it is hard to understand how it can happen unless we get clear about what the entities involved in the process are. An international team of contributors presents new work on this problem.
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Author Biography - E. J. Lowe
E.J. Lowe is professor of philosophy at the University of Durham. He is author of Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Locke on Human Understanding and An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind.
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