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John Locke and the Ethics of Belief

Nicholas Wolterstorff

John Locke and the Ethics of Belief

Nicholas Wolterstorff

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Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses the ethics of belief which Locke developed in Book IV of his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, where Locke finally argued his overarching aim* how we ought to govern our belief, especially on matters of religion and morality. Wolterstorff shows that this concern was instigated by the collapse, in Locke's day, of a once-unified moral and religious tradition in Europe into warring factions. His was thus a culturally and socially engaged epistemology. This view of Locke invites a new interpretation of the origins of modern philosophy. He maintained that instead of following tradition we ought to let 'reason be our guide.' Accordingly, after discussing Hume's powerful attack on Locke's recommended practice, Wolterstorff argues for Locke's originality and emphasizes his contribution to the 'modernity' of post-sixteenth-century philosophy.

- Publisher Wolterstorff discusses the ethics of belief which Locke developed in the last book of his Essay: how we ought to govern our opinions, especially on matters of religion and morality. Wolterstorff shows that this concern was instigated by the collapse of a once-unified moral and religious tradition in Europe into warring factions. After presenting Hume's powerful attack on Locke's recommended practice, Wolterstorff argues for Locke's originality and emphasises his contribution to the 'modernity' of post-sixteenth-century philosophy.

- Publisher A new view of Locke"s ethics of belief and his contribution to modern philosophy.

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Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses the ethics of belief which Locke developed in Book IV of his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, where Locke finally argued his overarching aim* how we ought to govern our belief, especially on matters of religion and morality. Wolterstorff shows that this concern was instigated by the collapse, in Locke's day, of a once-unified moral and religious tradition in Europe into warring factions. His was thus a culturally and socially engaged epistemology. This view of Locke invites a new interpretation of the origins of modern philosophy. He maintained that instead of following tradition we ought to let 'reason be our guide.' Accordingly, after discussing Hume's powerful attack on Locke's recommended practice, Wolterstorff argues for Locke's originality and emphasizes his contribution to the 'modernity' of post-sixteenth-century philosophy.
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Wolterstorff discusses the ethics of belief which Locke developed in the last book of his Essay: how we ought to govern our opinions, especially on matters of religion and morality. Wolterstorff shows that this concern was instigated by the collapse of a once-unified moral and religious tradition in Europe into warring factions. After presenting Hume's powerful attack on Locke's recommended practice, Wolterstorff argues for Locke's originality and emphasises his contribution to the 'modernity' of post-sixteenth-century philosophy.
- Publisher

A new view of Locke"s ethics of belief and his contribution to modern philosophy.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Nicholas Wolterstorff (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Noah Porter Emeritus Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, previously he taught for thirty years at his alma mater, Calvin College. He is the author of a number of significant books amongst many Reason within the Bounds of Religion; Art in Action; Until Justice and Peace Embrace; Lament for a Son; Divine Discourse and Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Rationality In Everyday Life
  • 2. Hume's Attack: Why Implementing Locke's Practice Is Not Always Doing
  • One's Best
  • 3. Locke's Originality
  • 4: Locke And The Making Of Modern Philosophy
  • Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 101894
  • Product Code 052155909X
  • EAN 9780521559096
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jan 1996
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.400kg

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