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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. Albert G. A. Balz (1919). Ibson's Locke's Theory of Knowledge and Its Historical Relations. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 16 (7):190.
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  2. J. D. Bastable (1975). John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 24:312-314.
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  3. M. R. C. (1969). Locke. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 22 (4):755-756.
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  4. R. P. D. (1972). Locke’s Philosophy of Science and Knowledge. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 26 (2):373-373.
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  5. J. G. Gibson (1894). A. C. Fraser, Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. [REVIEW] Mind 3:536.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Nicholas Jolley (2003). Reason's Dim Candle: Locke's Critique of Enthusiasm. In Peter R. Anstey (ed.), The Philosophy of John Locke: New Perspectives. Routledge. 179--91.
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  9. 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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  10. Nicholas Jolley (2001). Locke's Enlightenment. G.A.J. Rogers. Mind 110 (439):821-824.
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  11. Nicholas Jolley (1994). Locke and French Materialism. International Studies in Philosophy 26 (1):144-145.
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  12. 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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  13. T. Jordan (forthcoming). David Locke, Science as Writing. Radical Philosophy.
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  14. Gordon G. Brittan Jr (1969). Measurability, Commonsensibility, and Primary Qualities. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 47 (1):15 – 24.
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  15. Paweł Kaczorowski (1994). Polityczna antropologia J. Locke'a a struktura nowoczesnego państwa. Przeglad Filozoficzny - Nowa Seria 11 (3):35-48.
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  16. George Kateb (2009). Locke and the Political Origins of Secularism. Social Research: An International Quarterly 76 (4):1001-1034.
    The paper tries to show the importance of the writings of John Locke in preparing the way for secularism. He provides a theory for disentangling religion and the state for several main reasons, including the avoidance of religious persecution of minorties; the avoidance of civil strife; and the need to leave it to individuals to work out their own salvation by exercising their conscience free of state interference. Locke is a creative theorist; his creativity shows itself in the new arguments (...)
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  17. Takashi Kato (1981). On the Complexity of Locke Thought-a Methodological Sketch. History of Political Thought 2 (2):287-311.
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  18. John Kemp (1962). "La Politique Morale de John Locke". By R. Polin. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 12 (49):356.
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  19. Bart F. Kennedy (1977). John Locke and Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism. Philosophy Today 21 (4):389-404.
    The article elucidates and defends whitehead's claim that john locke anticipated the main positions of the philosophy of organism. It is argued that the major philosophical categories of locke's epistemology and whitehead's process philosophy perform similar functions. The functional parallels between the mind and the actual entity, Simple ideas and objectified actual entities, Mental operations and concrescence, Ideas and objects, And power and the ontological principle are delineated and examined. The conclusion extends a necessary caveat in assessing the philosophy of (...)
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  20. Anthony Kenny (2006). A teoria política de John Locke. Critica.
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  21. Paschalis M. Kitromilides (1996). John Locke and the Greek Intellectual Tradition: An Episode in Locke's Reception in South-East Europe. In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Clarendon Press.
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  22. Wim Klever (1989). Hudde's Question on God's Uniqueness; A Reconstruction on the Basis of Van Limborch's Correspondence with John Locke. Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 5:327-358.
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  23. Joseph W. Koterski (2007). Locke. International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (4):491-493.
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  24. Pamela Krauss (1994). Reasoned Freedom. John Locke and the Enlightenment. Philosophical Books 35 (4):256-259.
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  25. Nikola Krestonosich Celis (2013). Las ideas de Locke. Apuntes Filosóficos 30.
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  26. Norman Kretzmann (1968). The Main Thesis of Locke's Semantic Theory. Philosophical Review 77 (2):175-196.
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  27. Saul A. Kripke, No Fool’s Red? Some Considerations on the Primary/Secondary Quality Distinction.
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  28. F. Kroner (1954). Alfred Klemmt, John Locke: Theoretische Philosophie. Dialectica 8 (4):364-365.
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  29. Lorenz Krüger (1970). War John Locke Ein Empirist? Studia Leibnitiana 2 (4):261 - 283.
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  30. Franz Von Kutschera (1978). The Concept of Empiricism—Epistemological Studies Based on John Locke. Philosophy and History 11 (2):143-145.
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  31. Theodore De Laguna (1913). The Nature of Primary Qualities. Philosophical Review 22 (5):502 - 511.
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  32. Sterling P. Lamprecht (1932). The Early Draft of Locke's Essay. Journal of Philosophy 29 (26):701-713.
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  33. Charles Landesman (1976). Locke's Theory of Meaning. Journal of the History of Philosophy 14 (1):23-35.
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  34. Peter Augustine Lawler & Marc D. Guerra (eds.) (2013). The Science of Modern Virtue: On Descartes, Darwin, and Locke. Northern Illinois University Press.
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  35. Thomas M. Lennon (2004). The Logic of Ideas and the Logic of Things: A Reply to Chappell. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 85 (3):356–360.
    : A continuation of the debate over the intelligibility, and plausibility, of Yolton's reading of Locke's account of perception. Here, the issue turns on the de‐reification of ideas and its implications for the putative axioms of symmetry and transitivity governing the identity of ideas. The issue is illustrated by what Locke says about confused ideas.
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  36. Martin Lenz (2012). Locke’s Theory of Ideas and the Myth of the Given. Quaestio 12:101-122.
    In the wake of Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy, John Locke’s theory of ideas is often taken to fall prey to the so-called Myth of the Given. The main charge is that Locke appeals to passively received sense impressions to justify knowledge claims and ultimately confuses natural processes with normative conceptual activity. In this paper, I will argue that the accusations are founded on a faulty reading and that Locke’s account does indeed circumvent Givenism without having to abandon the foundationalist ambitions that (...)
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  37. W. Von Leyden (1961). Locke's Two Treatises of Government. Philosophical Books 2 (1):9-11.
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  38. Menno Lievers (1992). The Molyneux Problem. Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (3):399-416.
  39. John Locke (2004). Selection From Essay Concerning Human Understanding. In Tim Crane & Katalin Farkas (eds.), Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology. Oup Oxford.
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  40. John Locke (2003). Extract From An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. In John Heil (ed.), Philosophy of Mind: A Guide and Anthology. Oup Oxford.
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  41. John Locke (1979). The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Clarendon Press.
    A scholarly edition of Essay Concerning Human Understanding by P. H. Nidditch. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.
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  42. John Locke (1976). John Locke: Correspondence: Volume Ii Letters 462-848. Oup Oxford.
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  43. John Locke (1828). An Essay Concerning Human Understanding with the Author's Last Additions and Corrections; and an Analysis of the Doctrine of Ideas. Thoughts Concerning Reading and Study for a Gentleman. Of the Conduct of the Understanding. Printed and Sold by J.F. Dove,.
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  44. John Locke & Peter King King (1858). The Life and Letters of John Locke with Extracts From His Journals and Common-Place Books. H. G. Bohn.
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  45. John Locke & P. Laslett (2007). John Locke, From TwoTreatises of Government (1690). In Ian Carter, Matthew H. Kramer & Hillel Steiner (eds.), Freedom: A Philosophical Anthology. Blackwell Pub.. 93.
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  46. Mechanism Locke (2010). Lough, John, Locke's Travels in France. In S. J. Savonius-Wroth Paul Schuurman & Jonathen Walmsley (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Locke. Continuum. 249.
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  47. Paul Lodge & Ben Crowe (2002). Leibniz, Bayle, and Locke on Faith and Reason. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (4):575-600.
    This paper illuminates Leibniz’s conception of faith and its relationship to reason. Given Leibniz’s commitment to natural religion, we might expect his view of faith to be deflationary. We show, however, that Leibniz’s conception of faith involves a significant non-rational element. We approach the issue by considering the way in which Leibniz positions himself between the views of two of his contemporaries, Bayle and Locke. Unlike Bayle, but like Locke, Leibniz argues that reason and faith are in conformity. Nevertheless, in (...)
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  48. Danielle Lories (1986). John W. Yolton, Locke. An Introduction. Revue Philosophique De Louvain 84 (63):390-391.
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  49. Michael Losonsky (1996). Locke on Meaning and Significance. In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Clarendon Press.
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  50. Michael Losousky (1997). The Cambridge Companion to Locke. International Studies in Philosophy 29 (2):118-120.
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