Locke and French Materialism

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Clarendon Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 239 pages
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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 "matière pensante" of the philosophes are also discussed.

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General Editor of The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke

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