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Locke on Toleration

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  • Date Published: September 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511910852

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  • John Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) is one of the most widely-read texts in the political theory of toleration, and a key text for the liberal tradition. However, Locke also defended toleration more extensively in three subsequent Letters, which he wrote in response to criticism by an Anglican cleric, Jonas Proast. This edition, which includes a new translation of the original Letter, by Michael Silverthorne, enables readers to assess John Locke's theory of toleration by studying both his classic work and essential extracts from the later Letters. An introduction by Richard Vernon sets Locke's theory in its historical context and examines the key questions for contemporary political theorists which arise from this major work in the history of political thought.

    • Contains key extracts from the long debate over religious toleration, focussing on the full development of Locke's reasoning on the subject
    • Features a new, up-to-date translation of a key text
    • Introduction provides a contextual basis for the work, providing students with knowledge of the current scholarly debates within this area
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    "....This slim volume in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy series brings together Locke's mature writings on toleration.... Richard Vernon has written an excellent introduction, which helps the reader identify the main set of arguments in the first Letter and through the evolution of the debate.... Most importantly, Vernon provides a useful analysis of the link between Locke's toleration and social contract theory (in particular a crucial passage in the Third Letter encapsulating the core argument of the Second Treatise), and demonstrates the profound anti-paternalism of Locke's theory of state authority.... This volume will be essential to students of the history of toleration but also for those studying contemporary issues regarding prerequisites of a pluralist society, such as the nature of public reason and background political culture. It provides a close look into elements of the emergence of consequentialist and deontological arguments for liberal rights. More broadly, it also offers one of the most important examples of normative transformation at the grand rhetorical level and in the intricacies of conceptual combat."
    --Ingrid Creppell, George Washington University, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511910852
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Further reading
    Note on the texts and translation
    Locke: A Letter Concerning Toleration
    Locke: Second Treatise on Government (excerpt)
    Locke: Essay Concerning Human Understanding (excerpt)
    Proast: The Argument of the Letter Concerning Toleration, Briefly Considered and Answered
    Locke: A Second Letter Concerning Toleration (excerpts)
    Proast: A Third Letter Concerning Toleration (excerpts)
    Locke: A Third Letter for Toleration (excerpts)
    Proast: A Second Letter to the Author of the Three Letters for Toleration (excerpt)
    Locke: A Fourth Letter for Toleration (excerpts)

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Foundations of Early Modern Philosophy
    • Philosophy Seminar
    • Religion, Violence, and Ethics
    • Religious Pluralism
    • Seminar in Political Philosophy: Liberal Politics and Religion
  • Editor

    Richard Vernon, University of Western Ontario
    Richard Vernon is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. His previous publications include The Career of Toleration: John Locke, Jonas Proast, and After (1997).

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