A Letter Concerning Toleration

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Filiquarian Publishing, LLC., 2007 - Philosophy - 64 pages
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A Letter Concerning Toleration is an important work written by John Locke and originally published in latin in the late 17th century. John Locke argues in this writing for there to be a new udnerstanding between the relationships of religion and government. Providing a contrary view to that of Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan, Locke was a founder of Empiricism and denounced it for its support of toleration of the various Christian denominations. This is a key publication for those studying government or the writings of John Locke and the debates among early political writers, which are still largely relevant today.

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I have always wanted this collection, but over the years I purchased other books instead. When our church moved into our current digs, this entire collection was hidden away in a back room and covered ... Read full review

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John Locke warms my heart. As a thinker, Locke is formidable. Nonetheless, he is on a level somewhat below other modern philosophers, like Descartes, Hume, and Kant. This is because of his ... Read full review

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John Locke (1632- 1704), widely known as the Father of Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work had a great impact upon the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the American Declaration of Independence. Locke's theory of mind is often cited as the origin of modern conceptions of identity and the self, figuring prominently in the work of later philosophers such as Hume, Rousseau and Kant. Locke was the first to define the self through a continuity of consciousness. He postulated that the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa. Contrary to pre-existing Cartesian philosophy, he maintained that we are born without innate ideas, and that knowledge is instead determined only by experience derived from sense perception.

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