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  1. J. W. Tate (2013). Dividing Locke From God: The Limits of Theology in Locke's Political Philosophy. Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 (2):133-164.
    A “recent consensus” has emerged in Locke studies that has sought to place theology at the center of Locke's political philosophy, insisting that the validity and cogency of Locke's political conclusions cannot be substantiated independently of the theology that resides at their foundation. This paper argues for the need to distance Locke from God, claiming that not only can we “bracket” the normative conclusions of Locke's political philosophy from their theological foundations, but that this was in fact Locke's own intention, (...)
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  2. J. W. Tate (2010). A Sententious Divide: Erasing the Two Faces of Liberalism. Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (8):953-980.
    The political philosopher John Gray is a foremost critic of the liberal tradition. But while many have engaged with Gray concerning aspects of this tradition, few have challenged Gray’s conception of the tradition as a whole. Yet it is precisely this broader, background element in Gray’s account that is most problematic and that requires excavation if we are to reveal the deeper shortcomings of his critique as a whole. This article challenges Gray’s claim, made in 2000, that the liberal tradition (...)
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  3. J. W. Tate (2009). Locke and Toleration: Defending Locke's Liberal Credentials. Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (7):761-791.
    This article challenges the claim that John Locke’s arguments for toleration are fundamentally at odds with any we might now associate with the liberal tradition. By showing how this perspective fundamentally misreads Locke on toleration, it seeks to defend Locke’s own status as one of the founding fathers of the liberal tradition.
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  4. J. W. Tate (2008). Free Speech or Equal Respect?: Liberalism's Competing Values. Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (9):987-1020.
    This article looks at liberalism as a political tradition encompassing competing and, at times, incommensurable values. It looks in particular at the potential conflict between the values of free speech and equal respect. Both of these are foundational values for liberalism, in the sense that they arise as normative ideals from the very inception of the liberal tradition itself. Yet from the perspective of this tradition, it is by no means clear which of these values should be prioritized in those (...)
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