The Two Intellectual Worlds of John Locke
Man, Person, and Spirits in the Essay
By (author) John W. Yolton
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Two Intellectual Worlds of John Locke by John W. Yolton
Book DescriptionUsing his intimate knowledge of John Locke's writings, John W. Yolton shows that Locke comprehends "human understanding" as a subset of a larger understanding of other intelligent Beings-angels, spirits, and an omniscient God. Locke's books on Christianity (The Reasonableness of Christianity and Paraphrases of St. Paul's Epistles) have received extensive analysis and commentary, but little attention has been given to the place of his Essay concerning Human Understanding in his religious and theological beliefs. Yolton shows that Locke's account of what it is to be human in that work is profoundly religious.Yolton's book opens with an attempt to sort out several important terms basic to Locke's account of identity: man, self, person, and soul. A number of rarely examined components of Locke's thought emerge: the nature of man, the nature of a human being, and the place of man in the universe among the other creatures. Some will be surprised to learn that the domain of God, angels, and spirits is a part of Locke's universe, where it is considered the hoped-for destination of the just.The Two Intellectual Worlds of John Locke also includes Yolton's exploration of Locke's commitment to immaterial principles for understanding the world; his obsession with happiness; the dialectical tensions between man, person, and soul; several interesting conjectures about spirits; and the notion of natural philosophy that includes speculation about spirits as well as bodies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801442902
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Locke and the Compass of Human Understanding, Paperback (February 2010)
Professor Yolton delves into John Locke's most important work, the Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
Realism and Appearances, Hardback (May 2000)
A wide-ranging and illuminating examination of the relation between appearance and reality.
Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke: Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Paperback (March 2000)» View all books by John W. Yolton
This text originally published in 1693, is one of John Locke's major works, the culmination of a decade's writings on the subject. It mainly concerns moral education and its role in creating a responsible adult, and the importance of virtue as a transmitter of culture.
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