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The Lockean Mind

ISBN 9781138296909
Published August 31, 2021 by Routledge
620 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

John Locke (1632–1704) is considered one of the most important philosophers of the modern era and the first of what are often called ‘the Great British Empiricists.’ His major work, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, was the single most widely read academic text in Britain for fifty years after its publication and set new limits to the scope and certainty of what we can claim to know about ourselves and the natural world. The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both highly influenced by Locke’s libertarian philosophical ideas, and Locke continues to have an impact on political thought, both conservative and liberal. It is less commonly known that Locke was a practicing physician, an influential interpreter of the Bible, and a policy maker in the English Carolina colonies.

The Lockean Mind provides a comprehensive survey of Locke’s work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising almost sixty chapters by a superb team of international contributors, the volume is divided into twelve parts covering the full range of Locke’s thought:

  • Historical Background
  • Locke’s Interlocutors
  • Locke’s Epistemology
  • Locke’s Philosophy of Mind
  • Locke on Philosophy of Language and Logic
  • Locke’s Metaphysics
  • Locke’s Natural Philosophy
  • Locke’s Moral Philosophy
  • Locke on Education
  • Locke’s Political Philosophy
  • Locke’s Social Philosophy
  • Locke on Religion

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Locke’s work is central to epistemology; metaphysics; philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; natural philosophy; ethical, legal-political, and social philosophy; as well as philosophy of education and philosophy of religion. This volume will also be a valuable resource to those in related humanities and social sciences disciplines with an interest in John Locke.

Table of Contents

General Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

Part 1: Historical Background

1. Life and Works J.R. Milton

Part 2: Locke’s Interlocutors

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

2. Locke and William Molyneux Ruth Boeker

3. Locke and Damaris Cudworth Masham Jacqueline Broad

4. Locke and Catharine Trotter Cockburn Patricia Sheridan

5. Locke and Edward Stillingfleet Michael Ayers

6. Locke and Anthony Collins Larry Jorgensen

7. Locke and Jonas Proast Victor Nuovo

8. Locke and Philippus van Limborch Julie Walsh

Part 3: Locke’s Epistemology

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

9. Locke Against the Nativist Margaret Atherton

10. Locke on Knowledge and Certainty Jennifer Smalligan Marušić

11. Locke on Knowledge and Opinion Matthew Priselac

12. Locke on Knowledge of the External World Anna Vaughn

13. Locke on Cognitive Bias: Of the Conduct of the Understanding and diseases of the mind Tom Stoneham and Elisabeth Thorson

Part 4: Locke’s Philosophy of Mind

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

14. Locke on Representation and the Nature and Central Role of Ideas Martin Lenz

15. Locke on Sense Perception Walter Ott

16. Locke on Consciousness and Reflection Shelley Weinberg

17. Locke on Memory Vili Lähteenmäki

18. Locke on Superaddition and the Possibility of Thinking Matter Victor Nuovo

19. Locke and Projects for Naturalizing the Mind in the 18th Century Charles Wolfe

Part 5: Locke on Philosophy of Language and Logic

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

20. Locke on Origins, Nature, and Functions of Language Benjamin Hill

21. Locke on the Uses and Abuses of Language Lewis Powell

22. Locke and Sergeant on Syllogistic Reasoning Patrick J. Connolly

Part 6: Locke’s Metaphysics

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

23. Locke on Space and Duration Annemarie Butler

24. Locke on Power and Freedom Julie Walsh

25. Locke on Substance Han-Kyul Kim

26. Locke on Individuation and Identity Han Thomas Adriaenssen

27. Locke on Persons and Personal Identity David Wörner

28. Locke and the Current Debate on Personal Identity Marya Schechtman

Part 7: Locke’s Natural Philosophy

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

29. Locke on Physiology and Medicine J. C. Walmsley

30. Locke on Scientific Methodology Huaping Lu-Adler

31. Locke and Corpuscularianism Jan-Erik Jones

32. Locke on Causation and the Laws of Nature Geoffrey Gorham

33. Locke on Essences Allison Kuklok

34. Locke on Primary and Secondary Qualities Tyler Hanck

35. Locke, Newton, and Edmund Law Emily Thomas

Part 8: Locke’s Moral Philosophy

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

36. Locke’s Metaethics Aaron Garrett

37. Locke on Knowledge of Morality Elliot Rossiter

38. Locke’s Moral Psychology Ruth Boeker

39. Locke on Moral Agency and Moral Agents Antonia LoLordo

Part 9: Locke on Education

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

40. Locke on Habituation and the Association of Ideas Kathryn Tabb

41. Locke on Intellectual and Moral Virtue Shelley Weinberg

42. Locke and Rousseau on Educating For Freedom Hina Nazar

Part 10: Locke’s Political Philosophy

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

43. Locke on the State of Nature S.-J. Savonius-Wroth

44. Locke on Property Helga Varden

45. Locke on Consent Richard Vernon

46. Locke and Executive Power Mark Goldie

47. Locke on Toleration: Rejecting the Sovereign Remedy Douglas Casson

48. Locke’s Republican and Liberal Legacy Daniel Layman

Part 11: Locke’s Social Philosophy

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

49. Locke on Money Justin C. Clark

50. Locke on Slavery Charles W. Mills

51. Locke on Marriage Susanne Sreedhar

52. Locke on Children’s Rights Alexandra Oprea

53. Locke on Midwifery and Childbirth: A Glimpse of a Sexist Epistemology? Jessica Gordon-Roth

Part 12: Locke on Religion

Introduction Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg

54. Locke on Our Idea and Knowledge of God Samuel C. Rickless

55. Locke on Reason, Revelation, and Miracles Nathan Rockwood

56. Locke on Enthusiasm Robert Pasnau and Mark Boespflug

57. Locke on Biblical Method and Theological Interpretation Kim Ian Parker

58. Locke on Resurrection and the Afterlife Nicholas Jolley

59. Locke and Contemporary Philosophy of Religion Kristen Irwin.


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Jessica Gordon-Roth is McKnight Land Grant Professor and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA, and Resident Fellow of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.

Shelley Weinberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Her book Consciousness in Locke (2016) received the Journal of the History of Philosophy’s 2017 book prize.