A Companion to Locke
This collection of 28 original essays examines the diverse scope of John Locke's contributions as a celebrated philosopher, empiricist, and father of modern political theory.
Explores the impact of Locke's thought and writing across a range of fields including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, political theory, education, religion, and economics
Delves into the most important Lockean topics, such as innate ideas, perception, natural kinds, free will, natural rights, religious toleration, and political liberalism
Identifies the political, philosophical, and religious contexts in which Locke's views developed, with perspectives from today's leading philosophers and scholars
Offers an unprecedented reference of Locke's contributions and his continued influence
Matthew Stuart is Professor of Philosophy at Bowdoin College. He is the author of Locke's Metaphysics (2013), which examines Locke's views about ontology, primary and secondary qualities, essence and accident, substratum, mind and matter, constitution, personal identity, and agency. He has also written articles on Locke's philosophy of science and his theory of ideas.
A Companion to Locke
Notes on Contributors
Peter R. Anstey is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. He specializes in early-modern philosophy with a special focus on the philosophy of leading English philosophers including John Locke, Robert Boyle, and Francis Bacon. He is the author of John Locke and Natural Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2011) and editor (with Lawrence M. Principe) of the Clarendon edition of John Locke: Writings on Natural Philosophy and Medicine , forthcoming.
Richard J. Arneson is Professor of Philosophy, and occupies the Valtz Family Chair in Philosophy, at the University of California, San Diego. He also codirects the Institute for Law and Philosophy at UCSD's School of Law. He is the author of more than 100 articles on a wide range of topics in political philosophy. His recent current research is on distributive justice. Some of this work explores how one might best incorporate a reasonable account of personal responsibility into a broadly egalitarian theory of justice. He also considers how consequentialist morality might be developed in a version that is appealing and appropriately responsive to its critics. This latter project involves exploring the structure of moderate deontology to identify the best rival of consequentialism.
E. Jennifer Ashworth is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has published extensively on medieval and postmedieval logic and philosophy of language. Her first book, Language and Logic in the Post-Medieval Period , was published in 1974 and her most recent book, Les théories de l'analogie du XIIe au XVIe siècle , was published in 2008. She has contributed to the Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy (1982), the Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy (1988) and the new Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (2010).
Martha Brandt Bolton is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. She works on the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy and is currently interested in theories of cognition and substance metaphysics. Her articles on Locke include "The taxonomy of ideas in Locke's Essay " in Cambridge Companion to Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding, ed. Lex Newman, and "Intellectual virtue and moral law in Locke's Ethics" in Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy, eds Paul Hoffman, David Owen, and Gideon Yaffe.
Richard Boyd is Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of Uncivil Society: The Perils of Pluralism and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) and coeditor of Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2013). His articles on early-modern political thought, liberalism, and civil society have appeared in Journal of Politics , Review of Politics , History of Political Thought , Political Theory , Social Philosophy & Policy , Political Studies , Perspectives on Politics , Polity , European Journal of Political Theory , and other journals. Before coming to Georgetown he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, and Deep Springs College.
Raffaella De Rosa is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Rutgers-Newark. She is also a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Philosophy Department at Rutgers-New Brunswick and of the Graduate Faculty in the Psychology Department at Rutgers-Newark. Her research interests are in early modern theories of cognition, mental representation, and concept acquisition, as well as contemporary theories of mind and concepts. Some of her work ca