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A letter concerning toleration and other writings

Author: John Locke; Mark Goldie
Publisher: Indianapolis : Liberty Fund, ©2010.
Series: Thomas Hollis library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Letter Concerning Toleration and Other Writings brings together the principal writings on religious toleration and freedom of expression by one of the greatest philosophers in the Anglophone tradition: John Locke. The son of Puritans, Locke (1632-1704) became an Oxford academic, a physician, and, through the patronage of the Earl of Shaftesbury, secretary to the Council of Trade and Plantations and to the Lords
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Locke; Mark Goldie
ISBN: 9780865977907 0865977909 9780865977914 0865977917
OCLC Number: 502875043
Language Note: Translated from the Latin.
Notes: Translated from the Latin.
Description: xlvii, 208 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: A Letter Concerning Toleration --
Excerpts from A Third Letter for Toleration --
An Essay Concerning Toleration --
Fragments on toleration.
Series Title: Thomas Hollis library.
Other Titles: Epistola de tolerantia.
Responsibility: John Locke ; edited and with an introduction by Mark Goldie.

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"A Letter Concerning Toleration and Other Writings brings together the principal writings on religious toleration and freedom of expression by one of the greatest philosophers in the Anglophone tradition: John Locke. The son of Puritans, Locke (1632-1704) became an Oxford academic, a physician, and, through the patronage of the Earl of Shaftesbury, secretary to the Council of Trade and Plantations and to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. A colleague of Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton and a member of the English Royal Society, Locke lived and wrote at the dawn of the Enlightenment, a period during which traditional mores, values, and customs were being questioned.

This volume opens with Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) and also contains his earlier Essay Concerning Toleration (1667), extracts from the Third Letter for Toleration (1692), and a large body of his briefer essays and memoranda on this theme. As editor Mark Goldie writes in the introduction, A Letter Concerning Toleration "was one of the seventeenth century's most eloquent pleas to Christians to renounce religious persecution." Locke's contention, fleshed out in the Essay and in the Third Letter, that men should enjoy a perfect and "uncontrollable liberty" in matters of religion was shocking to many in seventeenth-century England. Still more shocking, perhaps, was its corollary, that the magistrate had no standing in matters of religion. Taken together, these works forcefully present Locke's belief in the necessary interrelation between limited government and religious freedom. At a time when the world is again having to come to terms with profound tensions among diverse religions and cultures, they are a canonical statement of the case for religious and intellectual freedom.

This Liberty Fund edition provides the first fully annotated modern edition of A Letter Concerning Toleration, offering the reader explanatory guidance to Locke's rich reservoir of references and allusions. The introduction, a chronology of Locke's life, and a reading guide further equip the reader with historical, theological, and philosophical contexts for understanding one of the world's major thinkers on toleration, who lived and wrote at the close of Europe's Reformation and the dawn of the Enlightenment."--Pub. desc.

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