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  1. added 2019-03-07
    Locke's Touchy Subjects: Materialism and Immortality. [REVIEW]Michael Jacovides - 2017 - Philosophical Review 126 (4):529-532.
  2. added 2019-02-11
    Locke, God, and Materialism.Stewart Duncan - manuscript
    This paper investigates Locke’s views about materialism. I focus on the discussion in Essay 4.10. There Locke – after giving a cosmological argument for the existence of God – argues that God could not be material, and that matter alone could never produce thought. I have two main aims. The first is to place Locke’s arguments in a debate. This is partly a matter of identifying the targets of Locke’s arguments. More broadly, however, I wish to show the interaction between (...)
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    Locke's Touchy Subjects: Materialism and Immortality, by Nicholas Jolley: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, Pp. 142, £30. [REVIEW]Michael J. Olson - 2016 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (4):838-839.
  4. added 2018-12-31
    Locke and Descartes on Mental Transparency.Philipp Norman Müller - 2018 - Society and Politics 12 (1):72-94.
    The transparency thesis – i.e. the doctrine that every mental state is necessarily conscious – was a widespread view in early modern philosophy. In this paper, I inquire into the role of mental transparency in the philosophies of John Locke and René Descartes. I begin by sketching a shared Lockean-Cartesian picture of mind as it pertains to the psychological or structural aspects of consciousness. I then distinguish mental transparency from the closely related concept of epistemic transparency and argue that the (...)
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  5. added 2018-03-08
    Thinking Matter in Locke's Proof of God's Existence.Patrick J. Connolly - forthcoming - Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.
    Commentators almost universally agree that Locke denies the possibility of thinking matter in Book IV Chapter 10 of the Essay. Further, they argue that Locke must do this in order for his proof of God’s existence in the chapter to be successful. This paper disputes these claims and develops an interpretation according to which Locke allows for the possibility that a system of matter could think (even prior to any act of superaddition on God’s part). In addition, the paper argues (...)
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  6. added 2017-03-20
    Locke and Eighteenth-Century Materialist Conceptions of Personal Identity. Thiel - 1998 - Locke Studies 29:59-84.
  7. added 2017-02-11
    Managing Expectations: Locke on the Material Mind and Moral Mediocrity.Catherine Wilson - 2016 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 78:127-146.
    Locke's insistence on the limits of knowledge and the of our epistemological equipment is well understood; it is rightly seen as integrated with his causal theory of ideas and his theory of judgment. Less attention has been paid to the mediocrity theme as it arises in his theory of moral agency. Locke sees definite limits to human willpower. This is in keeping with post-Puritan theology with its new emphasis on divine mercy as opposed to divine justice and recrimination. It also (...)
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  8. added 2017-01-17
    John Locke, ‘Hobbist’: Of Sleeping Souls and Thinking Matter.Liam P. Dempsey - 2017 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 47 (4):454-476.
    In this paper, I consider Isaac Newton’s fevered accusation that John Locke is a ‘Hobbist.’ I suggest a number of ways in which Locke’s account of the mind–body relation could plausibly be construed as Hobbesian. Whereas Newton conceives of the human mind as an immaterial substance and venerates it as a finite image of the Divine Mind, I argue that Locke utterly deflates the religious, ethical, and metaphysical significance of an immaterial soul. Even stronger, I contend that there is good (...)
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  9. added 2017-01-16
    A System of Matter Fitly Disposed: Locke's Thinking Matter Revisited.Han-Kyul Kim - 2016 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (1):125-145.
    In this paper, I address the controversial issue around Locke’s account of a “superadded” power of thought. I first show that Locke uses the term “super­addition” in discussing the nominal distinction of natural kinds. This general observation applies to Locke’s account of thinking matter. Specifically, I attribute to him the following three theses: (1) the mind-body distinction is nominal; (2) there is no metaphysical repugnancy between them; and (3) their common ground—namely, substratum—can only be characterized in terms of its functional (...)
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  10. added 2017-01-15
    Locke's Touchy Subjects: Materialism and Immortality.Nicholas Jolley - 2015 - Oxford University Press.
    Nicholas Jolley shows that the mind-body problem and the nature of personal immortality are more central to Locke's philosophy than has been realized. He argues that Locke takes up unorthodox positions in both cases, and holds that Locke's criticisms of Descartes were controversial responses to challenging metaphysical and theological issues.
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  11. added 2016-12-08
    Locke's Parity Thesis About Thinking Matter: A Response to Williams.J. P. Moreland - 1998 - Religious Studies 34 (3):253-259.
    Recently, Clifford Williams has attempted to argue for the plausibility of a Christian form of physicalism. To make his case, Williams appropriates certain claims by John Locke regarding the possibility of thinking matter to argue for what Williams calls the parity theses: (1) God can make matter and nonmatter either to think or not to think. Given God's omnipotence, the justification for (1) is: (2) there is no contradiction in asserting either that matter or nonmatter thinks or that they do (...)
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  12. added 2016-06-14
    Locke and Materialism: The French Connection.John W. Yolton - 1988 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 42 (2):229.
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    Locke and Materialism: The French Connection in Locke.Jw Yolton - 1988 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 42 (165):229-253.
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  14. added 2016-06-09
    Locke and French Materialism. By John W. Yolton.Robert C. Trundle - 1991 - Modern Schoolman 69 (1):75-78.
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    Reply to Rickless.Antonia LoLordo - 2013 - Locke Studies 13:53-62.
  16. added 2015-06-03
    Locke and French Materialism.Nicholas Jolley - 1994 - International Studies in Philosophy 26 (1):144-145.
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    L’opinion de Locke sur la « matière pensante ».Philippe Hamou - 2004 - Methodos 4.
    Dans cet article, on montre que l’hypothèse de la « matière pensante » introduite spéculativement dans le livre IV de l’Essai sur l’Entendement humain, n’est pas seulement l’instrument d’une critique épistémologique destinée à souligner les limitations de notre connaissance, elle est aussi révélatrice des inclinations métaphysiques réelles de Locke. S’il est impossible de s’assurer par la connaissance de la nature de la substance pensante, il est permis néanmoins d’entretenir à son égard une opinion fondée sur des arguments probables. La croyance (...)
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    Consciousness and Matter: Locke's Non-Substantialist Approach.P. J. Herraiz Martinez - 2000 - Pensamiento 56 (214):53-68.
  19. added 2015-03-06
    Lockean Superaddition and Lockean Humility.Patrick J. Connolly - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 51:53-61.
    This paper offers a new approach to an old debate about superaddition in Locke. Did Locke claim that some objects have powers that are unrelated to their natures or real essences? The question has split commentators. Some (Wilson, Stuart, Langton) claim the answer is yes and others (Ayers, Downing, Ott) claim the answer is no. This paper argues that both of these positions may be mistaken. I show that Locke embraced a robust epistemic humility. This epistemic humility includes ignorance of (...)
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  20. added 2015-01-26
    Locke Against the Epicureans.Victor Nuovo - 2011 - In V. Nuovo (ed.), Christianity, Antiquity, and Enlightenment: Interpretations of Locke. Springer.
  21. added 2015-01-25
    A Dissertation Upon the Tenth Chapter of the Fourth Book of Mr. Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding.William Carroll - 1706 - London: F. Matthews.
  22. added 2015-01-03
    Sorana Corneanu. Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. [REVIEW]Jan-Erik Jones - 2013 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 3 (2):371-374.
  23. added 2014-04-01
    Locke, Metaphysical Dualism and Property Dualism1.José Luis Bermúdez - 1996 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 4 (2):223-245.
  24. added 2014-03-29
    Locke on Superaddition and Mechanism.Matthew Stuart - 1998 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 6 (3):351 – 379.
  25. added 2014-03-21
    Peach Trees, Gravity and God: Mechanism in Locke.Marleen Rozemond & Gideon Yaffe - 2004 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (3):387 – 412.
    Locke claimed that God superadded various powers to matter, including motion, the perfections of peach trees and elephants, gravity, and that he could superadd thought. Various interpreters have discussed the question whether Locke's claims about superaddition are in tension with his commitment to mechanistic explanation. This literature assumes that for Locke mechanistic explanation involves deducibility. We argue that this is an inaccurate interpretation and that mechanistic explanation involves a different type of intelligibility for Locke.
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  26. added 2014-03-19
    Mary Astell's Ironic Assault on John Locke's Theory of Thinking Matter.E. Derek Taylor - 2001 - Journal of the History of Ideas 62 (3):505-522.
  27. added 2014-03-18
    Bayle's Critique of Lockean Superaddition.Todd Ryan - 2006 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (4):511-534.
  28. added 2014-03-16
    Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity.Catherine Wilson - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    This landmark study examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the seventeenth century, and, more broadly, their influence on the evolution of natural science and moral and political philosophy. The target of sustained and trenchant philosophical criticism by Cicero, and of opprobrium by the Christian Fathers of the early Church, for its unflinching commitment to the absence of divine supervision and the (...)
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  29. added 2014-01-19
    Locke on the Possibility of Thinking Matter.Andrew Pavelich - 2006 - Locke Studies 6:101-126.
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  30. added 2013-08-13
    What Kind of Philosopher Was Locke on Mind and Body?K. I. M. Han-kyul - 2010 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 91 (2):180-207.
    The wide range of conflicting interpretations that exist in regard to Locke's philosophy of mind and body (i.e. dualistic, materialist, idealistic) can be explained by the general failure of commentators to appreciate the full extent of his nominalism. Although his nominalism that focuses on specific natural kinds has been much discussed, his mind-body nominalism remains largely neglected. This neglect, I shall argue, has given rise to the current diversity of interpretations. This paper offers a solution to this interpretative puzzle, and (...)
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  31. added 2013-08-13
    Locke's Exclusion Argument.Walter Ott - 2010 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 27 (2):181-196.
    In this paper, I argue that Locke is not in fact agnostic about the ultimate nature of the mind. In particular, he produces an argument, much like Jaegwon Kim's exclusion argument, to show that any materialist view that takes mental states to supervene on physical states is committed to epiphenomenalism. This result helps illuminate Locke's otherwise puzzling notion of 'superaddition.'.
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    Locke's Parrot.Terence Moore - 2009 - Think 8 (23):35-44.
    In this their fourth conversation the 17th century philosopher, John Locke and the 21st century linguist, Terence Moore, consider a question not fully answered even today: what might count as the key distinction beween man and animals, or in Locke's phrase what In the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Locke considers two possible linguistic candidates: the ability to use language appropriately, and the ability to . As Locke and Moore explore these possibilities they come to see that the distinction between man (...)
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    Locke's Mysterianism: On the Unsolvability of the Mind-Body Problem.Jason L. Megill - 2005 - Locke Studies 5:119-147.
  34. added 2013-08-13
    Animalism Versus Lockeanism: Reply to Mackie.Harold W. Noonan - 2001 - Philosophical Quarterly 51 (202):83-90.
  35. added 2013-08-13
    Animalism Versus Lockeanism: No Contest.David Mackie - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (196):369-376.
    In ‘Animalism versus Lockeanism: a Current Controversy’, The Philosophical Quarterly, 48 (1998), pp. 302–18, Harold Noonan examined the relation between animalist and neo‐Lockean theories of personal identity. As well as presenting arguments intended to support a modest compatibilism of animalism and neo‐Lockeanism, he advanced a new proposal about the relation between persons and human beings which was intended to evade the principal animalist objections to neo‐Lockean theories. I argue both that the arguments for compatibilism are without force, and that Noonan’s (...)
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    Animalism Versus Lockeanism: A Current Controversy.Harold W. Noonan - 1998 - Philosophical Quarterly 48 (192):302-318.
  37. added 2013-08-13
    Locke and French Materialism.John W. Yolton - 1991 - Oxford University Press.
    This book tells for the first time the long and complex story of the involvement of Locke's suggestion that God could add to matter the power of thought in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding in the growth of French materialism. There is a discussion of the 'affaire de Prades', in which Locke's name was linked with a censored thesis at the Faculty of Theology in Paris. The similarities and differences between English "thinking matter" and the French "matiere pensante" of the (...)
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    French Materialist Disciples of Locke.John W. Yolton - 1987 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 25 (1):83-104.
  39. added 2013-08-13
    Mary Astell's Critique of Locke's View of Thinking Matter.Kathleen M. Squadrito - 1987 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 25 (3):433-439.
  40. added 2013-08-13
    Flew, Strawson and Locke's Parrot.James Moulder - 1973 - Philosophy 48 (184):183 - 185.
    Strawson's discussion of the concept of a person does seem to allow for the possibility of there being immaterial persons. Nevertheless his insistence that the concept of a person is the concept of a type of entity such that both predicates ascribing states of consciousness and predicates ascribing corporeal characteristics … are equally applicable to a single individual of that single type suggests that he is conflating the concept of a human being, in the technical sense of homo sapiens , (...)
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  41. added 2013-08-12
    Abstraction and the Origin of General Ideas.Stephen Laurence & Eric Margolis - 2012 - Philosophers' Imprint 12:1-22.
    Philosophers have often claimed that general ideas or representations have their origin in abstraction, but it remains unclear exactly what abstraction as a psychological process consists in. We argue that the Lockean aspiration of using abstraction to explain the origins of all general representations cannot work and that at least some general representations have to be innate. We then offer an explicit framework for understanding abstraction, one that treats abstraction as a computational process that operates over an innate quality space (...)
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    Toland, Leibniz, and Active Matter.Stewart Duncan - 2012 - Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 6:249-78.
    In the early years of the eighteenth century Leibniz had several interactions with John Toland. These included, from 1702 to 1704, discussions of materialism. Those discussions culminated with the consideration of Toland's 1704 Letters to Serena, where Toland argued that matter is necessarily active. In this paper I argue for two main theses about this exchange and its consequences for our wider understanding. The first is that, despite many claims that Toland was at the time of Letters to Serena a (...)
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  43. added 2013-08-12
    Locke on Identity: Matter, Life, and Consciousness.Edwin McCann - 1987 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 69 (1):54-77.
  44. added 2013-08-12
    Locke's Atomism.Thomas M. Lennon - 1983 - Philosophy Research Archives 9:1-28.
    What ultimately exists for Locke is the solid. Reading this ontology in light of the atomist tradition elucidates and relates a number of important issues in the Essay: the analysis of space and related concepts, the distinction between simple and complex ideas, the distinction between primary and secondary qualitie the analysis of power and causation.
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    Mechanism, Superaddition, and the Proof of God's Existence in Locke's Essay.M. R. Ayers - 1981 - Philosophical Review 90 (2):210-251.
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    Superadded Properties: The Limits of Mechanism in Locke.Margaret D. Wilson - 1979 - American Philosophical Quarterly 16 (2):143 - 150.