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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. F. Oliver Hanpeter (1975). John Locke and the Corpuscular Theory. Dissertation, Duke University
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  3. J. Hargašová (2008). Vladimír Manda: The Epistemology of John Locke. Filozofia 63:200-201.
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  4. W. N. Hargreaves-Mawdsley (1973). Oxford in the Age of John Locke.
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  5. Henry G. Hartmann (1914). A New Conception of Relativity and Locke. Philosophical Review 23 (6):690-692.
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  6. Lydia B. Hartunian (2002). The Role of Consciousness in Locke's Theory of Mind: Problems and Consequences. Dissertation, City University of New York
    The purpose of this dissertation is to examine Locke's theory of mind and the role consciousness plays therein. It is Locke's belief that consciousness is a necessary condition of all mental phenomena, of everything we experience, and that the notion of an unconscious mental state or experience is absurd. Consequently, we find that all of what Locke says the mind is capable of knowing and doing starts and stops in consciousness. ;It will be my contention that Locke's theory of consciousness (...)
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  7. L. G. Harvey (1941). Locke's Secularized Natural Law and German Imperialism. Journal of Social Philosophy and Jurisprudence 7:67.
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  8. S. Hefelbower (1919). The Relation of John Locke to English Deism. Philosophical Review 28:423.
  9. F. H. Heinemann (1940). A so-Called Metaphysicks of John Locke. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 2 (1):127-137.
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  10. G. Heismann (unknown). Addenda to the Locke Bibliography: Austrian and German Dissertations. Locke Studies 25.
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  11. P. Helm (unknown). John Locke's Puzzle Cases About Personal Identity. Locke Studies 25.
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  12. P. Helm (unknown). Locke's Conditions for Personal Identity. Locke Studies 25.
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  13. P. Helm (unknown). Locke's Real Ideas, and Dr Woolhouse. Locke Studies 25.
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  14. John Henry (1986). Ideas, Qualities and Corpuscles: Locke and Boyle on the Natural World. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Science 19 (3):357-358.
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  15. Robert Troy Herbert (1962). John Locke's Problem of Personal Identity. Dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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  16. Karl Douglas Hering (1995). Happiness, Virtue and Divine Command: The Moral Theology of John Locke. Dissertation, University of Southern California
    This dissertation argues that Locke's ethics can best be understood as an integration of the elements of happiness, virtue and divine command. Drawing on the writings of Richard Ashcraft, John Dunn and Richard Mouw, its thesis is that Locke's ethics is based on his Christian faith. The dissertation begins by examining Locke's use of scripture in developing his doctrinal views. The following chapters use Locke's theology to demonstrate that for Locke ethics are theological and not merely philosophical. Therefore, true happiness (...)
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  17. Georg Friedrich Hertling (1892). John Locke Und Die Schule von Cambridge.
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  18. Georg V. Hertling (1893). John Locke Und Die Schule von Cambridge. Philosophical Review 2 (4):472-475.
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  19. T. Heyd (unknown). Locke's Arguments for the Resemblance Thesis Revisited. Locke Studies 25.
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  20. T. Heyd (unknown). Locke's Simple Ideas, The Blooming, Buzzing Confusion, and Quasi-Photographic Perception. Locke Studies 25.
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  21. Thomas Heyd (1993). A Reassessment of Locke's Theory of Cognition of the External World. Dissertation, The University of Western Ontario (Canada)
    Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding has generally been read as primarily concerned with epistemology. In particular, it has been claimed that the Essay attempts to defeat epistemological skepticism, but fails in this enterprise because of the veiling character of Locke's ideas. By way of reexamination of the texts in question I show that epistemological skepticism is not the topic of the Essay, and that there is not sufficient reason to claim that Locke's account of knowledge leads to epistemological skepticism. I (...)
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  22. Benjamin David Hill (2003). Studies in the Understructure: The Semiotic Basis of John Locke's Empirical Epistemology. Dissertation, The University of Iowa
    It has long been recognized that 'idea' was Locke's central epistemological concept. So important was it that most commentators consider it necessary to first fix what that concept was before attempting to interpret Locke's epistemology. However, identifying what it was is only possible by reconstructing how it functioned within the development and defense of his epistemology. Traditionally, in other words, scholars have approached the question the wrong way around. This dissertation is devoted to the first step of such a reconstruction, (...)
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  23. R. Hinton (unknown). On Recovering the Original of the Second Treatise. Locke Studies 25.
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  24. John Pollard Hittinger (1986). Ethics and Natural Law in Locke's "Essay" and "Two Treatises". Dissertation, The Catholic University of America
    This dissertation aims at clarifying Locke's intention and achievement in the area of ethics and natural law as found in the Essay and the Two Treatises, with an emphasis on the Essay. The two works are studied as complementary in their scope and achievement. The Two Treatises fails to establish the ontological and epistemological foundation for natural law. The Essay provides that foundation. Yet although the Essay establishes criteria for a rational moral law, it fails to follow through systematically the (...)
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  25. Frederick Arthur Hodge (1911). John Locke and Formal Discipline. Dissertation, University of Virginia
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  26. Albert Hofstadter (1936). Locke and Scepticism. Philosophical Review 45:632.
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  27. A. J. Holland (1972). LOCKE, DON-"Memory". [REVIEW] Philosophy 47:285.
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  28. David Bayer Horner (1993). The Politics of John Locke's Epistemology the Two Treatises in View of the Essay.
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  29. R. Horwitz & J. Finn (unknown). Locke's Aesop's Fables. Locke Studies 25.
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  30. Robert Horwitz & Michael Zuckert (1992). John Locke's Questions Concerning the Law of Nature: A Commentary. Interpretation 19 (3):251-306.
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  31. James M. Humber (1972). R. S. Woolhouse's "Locke's Philosophy of Science and Knowledge". [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 32 (4):579.
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  32. S. Hutton & P. Schuurman (eds.) (2008). Studies on Locke: Sources, Contemporaries, and Legacy. Springer.
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  33. Jerome Huyler (1995). Locke in America the Moral Philosophy of the Founding Era. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  34. Alec Hyslop (1969). LOCKE, Don: Myself and Others. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 47:385.
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  35. J. (1979). The Locke Reader: Selections From the Works of John Locke with a General Introduction and Commentary. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 32 (3):575-576.
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  36. F. Jackson (1975). A Reply to Don Locke. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 53:68.
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  37. Michael Jacovides (2015). Locke's Metaphysics. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 124 (1):153-155.
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  38. M. V. C. Jeffreys (1967). John Locke Prophet of Common Sense. Methuen.
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  39. John J. Jenkins (1972). YOLTON, JOHN W.-"Locke and the Compass of Human Understanding". [REVIEW] Philosophy 47:82.
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  40. Fr Jerovsek (1896). Kako Dokazuje John Locke V H. Knjigi, Cap. Ii. Et. Iii. Svojega Spisa 'an Essay on the Human Understanding' da Ni Prirojenih Idej. [REVIEW]
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  41. T. E. Jessop (1938). AARON, R. I. -John Locke. [REVIEW] Mind 47:106.
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  42. Charlotte S. Johnston (1954). Discussions: A Note on an Early Draft of Locke's Essay in the Public Record Office. Mind 63 (250):234-238.
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  43. Charlotte Stephanie Johnston (1956). A Bibliography of John Locke.
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  44. Nicholas Jolley (2002). Gideon Yaffe, Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 22 (1):73-75.
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  45. Nicholas Jolley (2002). Gideon Yaffe, Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 22:73-75.
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  46. Nicholas Jolley (2001). Locke's Enlightenment. G.A.J. Rogers. Mind 110 (439):821-824.
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  47. Nicholas Jolley (1994). Locke and French Materialism. International Studies in Philosophy 26 (1):144-145.
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  48. 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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  49. Ward E. Jones (1997). John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education and Of the Conduct of the Understanding Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 17 (5):346-347.
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  50. T. Jordan (forthcoming). David Locke, Science as Writing. Radical Philosophy.
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