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Summary John Locke (1632-1704) was an English philosopher best known for his empiricism (the denial of innate ideas or principles) and his attempt to reconcile the science of his day with our pre-theoretical conception of the world. His conception of the workings of the human mind provided an important basis for the discipline of psychology. A theme that makes itself felt throughout his work is epistemic humility: on Locke’s view, human knowledge is severely limited and hence dogmatism is to be resisted.
Key works Locke’s An Essay concerning Human Understanding (1689) is the major source for his metaphysics and epistemology. The best scholarly edition of this work is Peter Nidditch 2008, the first entry in Oxford’s new edition of Locke’s works, which, when complete, will displace the earlier unknown 1823 edition of the works, which is still consulted today. Locke’s contributions to political philosophy include the influential Letter on Toleration (1689, Locke 1965) and Two Treatises of Government (1690, Locke 1988).
Introductions For overviews of Locke's thought, see Jolley 1999 and Lowe 2005. Ayers 1997 covers Locke’s epistemology and metaphysics. Rogers 1994 a useful collection of articles. The standard biography of Locke is Woolhouse 2007.
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  1. B. Gibbs (1969). LOCKE, D. - "Myself and Others: A Study in Our Knowledge of Minds". [REVIEW] Mind 78:632.
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  2. A. J. Holland (1972). LOCKE, DON-"Memory". [REVIEW] Philosophy 47:285.
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  3. Alec Hyslop (1969). LOCKE, Don: Myself and Others. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 47:385.
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  4. F. Jackson (1975). A Reply to Don Locke. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 53:68.
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  5. G. Kemerling (unknown). Some Nineteenth-Century Additions to Christophersen. Locke Studies 25.
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  6. Michael Knapton (2009). Language and Statecraft in Early Modern Venice. [REVIEW] The Medieval Review 2.
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  7. Lex Newman, Phil 5120 / 6120 - Modern & Recent Philosophy.
    An Essay concerning Human Understanding , by John Locke ISBN: 0198245955. This is the standard scholarly edition of Locke's Essay published by Oxford and edited by Peter Nidditch. This version contains countless aids for the scholar and student and is the version of the..
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  8. Zbigniew Ogonowski (1989). Przypkowski i Locke wobec problemu tolerancji. Archiwum Historii Filozofii I Myśli Społecznej 34.
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  9. Zbigniew Ogonowski (1972). Polonica w bibliotece Locke'a. Archiwum Historii Filozofii I Myśli Społecznej 18.
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  10. Zbigniew Ogonowski (1970). Locke jakiego nie znamy. Człowiek I Światopogląd 1 (5):45-59.
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Locke: Metaphysics
  1. Michael Albrecht (2006). Wahrheitsbegriffe von Descartes bis Kant. In Markus Enders & Jan Szaif (eds.), Die Geschichte des Philosophischen Begriffs der Wahrheit. De Gruyter 231--250.
  2. S. Alexander (1929). Locke's Lantern. Mind 38 (150):271.
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  3. Fabrizio Amerini (2011). Intention, Primary and Secondary. In H. Lagerlund (ed.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer 555--558.
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  4. Scnelers Anthropologie (1974). Bibliography (1963-1974) of Primary and Secondary Literature. In Max Scheler & Manfred S. Frings (eds.), Max Scheler (1874-1928): Centennial Essays. Nijhoff 23--165.
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  5. Michael Ayers, Ray Monk & Frederic Raphael (1997). Locke Ideas and Things.
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  6. Bob Chase (1997). John Locke and Cultural Relativism. Interpretation 25 (1):59-90.
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  7. P. Cicovacki (unknown). Locke on Personal Identity: A Criticism of One Interpretation. Locke Studies 25:57.
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  8. M. B. Crowe (1968). John Locke. Philosophical Studies 17:292-294.
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  9. E. M. Curley (1975). Professor Palmer on Locke. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 1 (1):49.
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  10. Marcos Rodrigues da Silva (2010). Jonh Locke e o realismo cientí­fico. Princípios 14 (21):55-65.
    la82 12.00 Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Este artigo tem por objetivo discutir a inserçáo de John Locke na filosofia do realismo científico no que diz respeito ao debate realismo/empirismo. Para atingir este objetivo apresentarei a hipótese de Maurice Mande lbaum de que, com relaçáo ao problema da explicaçáo científica, Locke parece estar alinhado com os realistas. Para discutir esta hipótese, procurarei oferecer uma caracterizaçáo de empirismo que seja apropriada para o debate realismo/empirismo – caracterizaçáo (...)
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  11. J. Danaher (unknown). Real Essences. Locke Studies 25:83.
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  12. James Danaher (2002). Locke and Reality: A Reply to Crouch. Locke Studies 2:137-144.
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  13. Matthew Kimball Davis (1995). Ancient and Modern Approaches to the Problem of Relativism: A Study of Husserl, Locke and Plato. Dissertation, Boston College
    Relativism, provisionally definable as the view that no view is knowably better than any other, is widely accepted today. The purpose of this dissertation is to understand more fully what relativism is by looking at ancient and modern discussions of this view. ;Chapter one begins by considering Michael J. Sandel's recent discussion of a difficulty that modern liberalism faces in its acceptance of relativism. Sandel argues that relativism renders ineffective the attempt to promote toleration of various practices, and thus we (...)
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  14. David Harry Degrood (1966). An Examination of the Category of Essence From the Pre-Socratics to Locke. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo
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  15. A. Flew (unknown). Locke and Personal Identity--Again. Locke Studies 25:33.
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  16. Robert J. Fogelin (1969). John W. Yolton, "Metaphysical Analysis". Synthese 19 (3/4):474.
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  17. Paul W. Foos, Mark A. Sabol, Gustav Corral & Luana Mobley (1987). Age Differences in Primary and Secondary Memory. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 25 (3):159-160.
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  18. R. Gallie (unknown). The Same Self. Locke Studies 25:45.
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  19. Francis Galton (1909). Eugenic Qualities of Primary Importance. The Eugenics Review 1 (2):74.
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  20. M. Goldie (unknown). Locke on Television. Locke Studies 25:125.
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  21. Goodin (1997). A Refutation Of The Possibility Of Real Species In Locke: A Response To Phemister. Locke Studies 28:67-76.
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  22. S. Goodin (unknown). Tertiary Qualities in Locke's Essay. Locke Studies 25:59.
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  23. Susanna Goodin (1998). Why Knowledge of the Internal Constitution is Not the Same as Knowledge of the Real Essence and Why This Matters. Southwest Philosophy Review 14 (1):149-155.
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  24. Jessica Gordon-Roth (2015). Catharine Trotter Cockburn's Defence of Locke. The Monist 98 (1).
    Catharine Trotter Cockburn is best known for her Defence of Mr. Locke’s Essay of Human Understanding (1702). However very little has been said about Trotter’s treatment of Locke’s metaphysical commitments therein. In this paper I give a brief description of the history of Trotter’s Defence. Thereafter I focus on two (of the many) objections to which Trotter responds on Locke’s behalf: 1) the objection that Locke has not proved the soul immortal, and 2) the objection that Locke’s view leads to (...)
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  25. R. Hall (unknown). Hume's Use of Locke on Identity. Locke Studies 25:56.
  26. R. Hall (unknown). The Concept of Spirit in Locke's Essay. Locke Studies 25:37.
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  27. Gerald Hanratty (1977). Locke and the Decline of Philosophy. The Maynooth Review / Revieú Mhá Nuad 3 (2):28 - 49.
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  28. Gerald Hanratty (1976). Problems From Locke. Philosophical Studies 25:387-389.
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  29. Errol E. Harris, D. J. O'Connor & Alfred Klemmt (1954). John Locke.John Locke. Theoretische Philosophie. Philosophical Quarterly 4 (14):87.
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  30. F. H. Heinemann (1940). A so-Called Metaphysicks of John Locke. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 2 (1):127-137.
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  31. P. Helm (unknown). John Locke's Puzzle Cases About Personal Identity. Locke Studies 25.
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  32. P. Helm (unknown). Locke's Conditions for Personal Identity. Locke Studies 25.
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  33. Robert Troy Herbert (1962). John Locke's Problem of Personal Identity. Dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  34. T. Heyd (unknown). Locke's Arguments for the Resemblance Thesis Revisited. Locke Studies 25.
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  35. Michael Jacovides (2015). Locke's Metaphysics. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 124 (1):153-155.
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  36. Jan-Erik Jones (2005). Boyle, Classification and the Workmanship of the Understanding Thesis. Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (2):171-183.
    The current consensus in Locke scholarship is that Robert Boyle anticipated Locke's thesis that classification into species is the arbitrary work of the understanding. In fact, according to Michael Ayers, inter alia, not only did Boyle and Locke both think that classification is the workmanship of the understanding but that this thesis follows directly from the mechanical hypothesis itself. In this paper I argue that this reading of Boyle is mistaken: Locke's thesis on classification was not anticipated by Boyle. I (...)
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  37. Jan-Erik Jones (2002). The "Workmanship of the Understanding": Realist and Anti-Realist Theories of Classification in Boyle, Locke and Leibniz. Dissertation, University of California, Irvine
    The focus of this dissertation is the debate over classification and species realism/anti-realism in the new science of mechanism. I argue that Michael Ayers's Interpretation of Robert Boyle as a Lockean on species is incorrect. Boyle is more realist than Locke, indeed, Boyle's theory of classification was more similar to Leibniz's than to Locke's. This realist account of Boyle helps to diagnose an important connection between Leibniz and Boyle, and show Locke as a much more novel philosopher of science. ;I (...)
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  38. Dan Kaufman (2007). Locke on Individuation and the Corpuscular Basis of Kinds. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (3):499–534.
    In a well-known paper, Reginald Jackson expresses a sentiment not uncommon among readers of Locke: “Among the merits of Locke’s Essay…not even the friendliest critic would number consistency.”2 This unflattering opinion of Locke is reiterated by Maurice Mandelbaum: “Under no circumstances can [Locke] be counted among the clearest and most consistent of philosophers.”3 The now familiar story is that there are innumerable inconsistencies and internal problems contained in Locke’s Essay. In fact, it is probably safe to say that there is (...)
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  39. Han-Kyul Kim (2014). Lockean Humility. Philosophy 89 (4):537-558.
    It has often been claimed that Locke’s agnostic remarks in the Essay represent his suspension of philosophical judgment on crucial ontological issues or his hesitation over which metaphysical stance to adopt. Against this often-raised criticism, I argue that Locke actually held a clear position—a type of functionalism about thingness in general, whether macro or micro, or whether mental or physical. What Locke refers to as a ‘nominal essence’, I further argue, represents a set of functional roles that a thing plays (...)
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  40. John Kish (1984). The Influence of Pierre Gassendi on John Locke's Theory of the Material World. Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
    In his Nouveaux Essais, Leibniz places Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding in the Gassendist tradition. Modern philosophical historians have, however, largely disregarded Leibniz' claim. In this dissertation, I examine the evolution of Locke's theory of the material world, and argue that its final form in his Essay is correctly interpreted only if one takes seriously Locke's indebtedness to Pierre Gassendi. ;An examination of the early Drafts A and B of Locke's Essay places his theory of the material world squarely in (...)
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