John Locke and Modern Life

John Locke and Modern Life

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Lee Ward
Cambridge University Press, 8/23/2010
EAN 9780521192804, ISBN10: 0521192803

Hardcover, 328 pages, 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
Language: English

Recovers a sense of John Locke's central role in the making of the modern world. It demonstrates that his vision of modern life was constructed on a philosophy of human freedom that is the intellectual nerve connecting the various strands of his thought. By revealing the depth and originality of Locke's critique of the metaphysical assumptions and authoritative institutions of pre-modern life, this book rejects the notion of Locke as an intellectual anachronism. Indeed, the radical core of Locke's modern project was the 'democratization of mind', according to which he challenged practically every previous mode of philosophical analysis by making the autonomous individual the sole determinant of truth. It was on the basis of this new philosophical dispensation that Locke crafted a modern vision not only of government but also of the churches, the family, education, and the conduct of international relations.

1. The democratization of mind
2. The state of nature
3. Constitutional government
4. The natural rights family
5. Locke's liberal education
6. The church
7. International relations