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Christianity, Antiquity, and Enlightenment

Interpretations of Locke

Authors: Nuovo, Victor

  • Examines the work of John Locke, focusing on central themes of his thought rarely mention in other studies
  • Contains transcriptions of Locke’s manuscripts never before published
  • The studies can be read independently, in select groups, or can be read in sequence
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About this book

It is commonly accepted that John Locke was the father of the English Enlightenment and the founder of modern political liberalism. These are at best half-truths that, when uncritically employed, have the effect of casting him as the precursor secular modernism, as a thinker with little interest in the themes explored in the several chapters of this book. Here a different Locke appears; a Christian Virtuoso, an experimental natural philosopher who believed that practicing the new science prepared the mind for revealed truth; an eclectic philosopher, who was receptive to the philosophical heritage of Antiquity and subject to its enlightening influence, but who appropriated from ancient philosophical systems only what he found useful to sustain his Christian philosophical program; a biblical theologian who used critical historical methods to recover the original Christian revelation, whose truth Locke never doubted; a Christian dutifully engaged in perfecting his faith; and a pilgrim in this world awaiting the coming of the next. The Lockean path from Christianity through the revival of Antiquity to Enlightenment is shown to be a meandering one that often turned back upon itself. Others, following in his train, would carry it to its destination. The aim of these studies is not to diminish Locke¹s philosophical greatness, which is beyond dispute, but to reveal the unexpected richness of his mind, its complexity, the ambiguities and curious turns of thought that find expression in his writing, and the depth of his thinking.

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“Anyone with a serious interest in Locke will be stimulated … . Nuovo brings to the study of Locke a sensitivity to theological nuance and to the varieties of Christian doctrine which is rare in this day and age … . serve as countervailing evidence for those who continue to imagine a thoroughly modern Mr. Locke, who engaged with the world in the secular liberal terms of a Rawls. … Taken as a whole, Professor Nuovo’s book succeeds quite splendidly … .” (Timothy Stanton, Locke Studies)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • A Portrait of John Locke as a Christian Virtuoso

    Nuovo, Victor

    Pages 1-19

  • Locke’s Theology, 1694–1704

    Nuovo, Victor

    Pages 21-51

  • Locke’s Proof of the Divine Authority of Scripture

    Nuovo, Victor

    Pages 53-73

  • Locke’s Christology as a Key to Understanding His Philosophy

    Nuovo, Victor

    Pages 75-101

  • Locke on St Paul, Messianic Secrecy, and the Consummation of Faith

    Nuovo, Victor

    Pages 103-126

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-0274-5
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Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3490-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Christianity, Antiquity, and Enlightenment
Book Subtitle
Interpretations of Locke
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
203
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0274-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0274-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0273-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3490-6
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 276
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