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In this groundbreaking book, Steven Forde argues that John Locke's devotion to modern science deeply shaped his moral and political philosophy. Beginning with an account of the classical approach to natural and moral philosophy, and of the medieval scholasticism that took these forward into early modernity, Forde explores why the modern scientific project of Francis Bacon, Pierre Gassendi, Robert Boyle and others required the rejection of the classical approach. Locke fully subscribed to this rejection, and took it upon himself to provide a foundation for a compatible morality and politics. Forde shows that Locke's theory of moral 'mixed modes' owes much to Pufendorf, and is tailored to accommodate science. The theory requires a divine legislator, which in turn makes natural law the foundation of morality, rather than individual natural right. Forde shows the ways that Locke's approach modified his individualism, and colored his philosophy of property, politics and education.Read more
- Integrates Locke into the scientific tradition, as well as exhibiting his philosophy in a new light
- Argues that Locke's outlook was less individualistic than often supposed
- Challenges the widely held belief that the Second Treatise of Government is representative of Locke's general moral outlook
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"The clarity with which [Forde] has framed the fundamental issues with which Locke is grappling makes the work a valuable addition to the ongoing debates in Lockean scholarship."
Michelle E. Brady, The Review of Politics
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- Date Published: January 2014
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107041141
- length: 268 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.54kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Science and morality
2. Locke's moral epistemology
3. The paradoxes of Locke's moral and political teaching
4. Conclusion: some thoughts concerning education and Lockean happiness.
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