Locke: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, May 8, 2003 - Philosophy - 136 pages
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John Locke (1632-1704) one of the greatest English philosophers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, argued in his masterpiece, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, that our knowledge is founded in experience and reaches us principally through our senses; but its message has been curiously misunderstood. In this book John Dunn shows how Locke arrived at his theory of knowledge, and how his exposition of the liberal values of toleration and responsible government formed the backbone of enlightened European thought of the eighteenth century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Locke: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #84)

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ridiculously hard to read. Perhaps its lockes style but Id hardly call this introduction comprehensive. complex ideas are given in a few words. there is very unclear path of developmental thought. Read full review

Review: Locke: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #84)

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In spite of the its title, it's quite a non-brief comprehensive look at Locke, John Dunn walks through all aspects of Locke's life and works with such a calm and thorough manner which makes you think ... Read full review


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Chapter 1Life
Chapter 2The politics of trust
Chapter 3Knowledge belief and faith
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John Dunn is a Fellow of King's College and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Political Thought of John Locke, Western Political Theory in the Face of the Future, Modern Revolutions, and The History of Political Theory, and the editor of Democracy: The Unfinished Journey.

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