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John Locke (1632-1704) was a British philosopher during the Enlightenment, and he influenced many facets of modern Western thought. He is most famously remembered for his concept of the human mind as a tabula rasa, or "blank slate." A person is not born with any essential knowledge (as Descartes postulated), but can absorb a limitless amount of information through sensory perception. He was also a political theorist who championed classical liberalism and republicanism.
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Two Treatises of Government by John Locke; Peter Laslett (Editor)
Publication Date: 1988
This is the revised version of Peter Laslett's acclaimed edition of Two Treatises of Government, which is widely recognised as one of the classic pieces of recent scholarship in the history of ideas. It is read by students of political theory throughout the world. This 1988 edition revises Dr Laslett's second edition (1970) and includes an updated bibliography, a guide to further reading and a fully reset and revised introduction which surveys advances in Locke scholarship since publication of the second edition. In the introduction, Dr Laslett shows that the Two Treatises were not a rationalisation of the events of 1688 but rather a call for a revolution yet to come.
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke; Peter H. Nidditch (Editor); John Yolton (Editor)
Publication Date: 1975
A scholarly edition of Essay Concerning Human Understanding by P. H. Nidditch. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.