John Locke: Selected Correspondence (Paperback)
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John Locke: Selected Correspondence (Paperback)

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Paperback 414 Pages / Published: 15/02/2007
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John Locke (1632-1704) was a prolific correspondent and left behind him over 3,600 letters, a collection almost unmatched in pre-modern times. A man of insatiable curiosity and wide social connections, his letters open up the cultural, social, intellectual, and political worlds of the later Stuart age. Spanning half a century, they mark the transition from the era of revolutionary Puritanism to the dawn of the Enlightenment. Locke is chiefly known as a philosopher, a theorist of empiricism in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, a theorist of liberalism in his Two Treatises of Government, and a theorist of religious toleration in his Letter concerning Toleration. But his interests extended further still, to education, medicine, finance, theology, empire, and the natural world. He was a Fellow of the early Royal Society. He received letters from scholars in Paris and Amsterdam, from colonial administrators in Virginia, from aristocrats and shopkeepers, from children, from tenants, from politicians, from philosophic women, from astronomers, chemists, and physicists. He is one of the first people whose correspondence is as far flung as North America, India, and China. A friend of Anglican archbishops and of freethinking anticlericals, of Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle, of William Molyneux the 'virtuoso' of Dublin, of Jean LeClerc of Amsterdam, and of Damaris Masham, Locke stood in the midst of the 'Republic of Letters'. This book brings together 245 of the most important and revealing letters. Half of them are letters written by Locke (twelve per cent of the total number surviving), the other half are letters written to him. If Locke's place is already secure among those who explore philosophy and political ideas, these letters will give Locke a new presence among those who are interested in the social and cultural worlds of seventeenth-century Britain.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199204304
Number of pages: 414
Weight: 631 g
Dimensions: 233 x 155 x 24 mm


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Mark Goldie has now performed a vital task for all serious students of Locke: he has given us a selection of the most important of these letters in a single volume that is light in weight and elegantly annotated. The letters collected here-both to and from Locke-can be read from start to finish, telling the story of a man who was to find himself both at the centre of the 'commonwealth of learning' and of the struggle against political and religious tyranny in the British Isles. * James Hill, Acta Comeniana *

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