America's philosopher : John Locke in American intellectual life (Book, 2022) [WorldCat.org]
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America's philosopher : John Locke in American intellectual life

Author: Claire Rydell Arcenas
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2022.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The influence of polymath philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) can still be found in a dizzying range of fields, as his writings touch on issues of identity, republicanism, and the nature of knowledge itself. Claire Rydell Arcenas's new book tells the story of Americans' longstanding yet ever-mutable obsession with this English thinker's ideas, a saga whose most recent manifestations have found the so-called Father  Read more...
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Named Person: John Locke; John Locke
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Rydell Arcenas
ISBN: 9780226638607 022663860X
OCLC Number: 1274201694
Description: pages cm
Contents: Locke's legacy in early America --
Locke's authority in the Revolutionary and Founding Eras --
Problematizing Locke as exemplar in the early United States --
Locke becomes historical --
Making Locke relevant --
Locke and the invention of the American political tradition --
Lockean "-isms".
Other Titles: John Locke in American intellectual life
Responsibility: Claire Rydell Arcenas.

Abstract:

"The influence of polymath philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) can still be found in a dizzying range of fields, as his writings touch on issues of identity, republicanism, and the nature of knowledge itself. Claire Rydell Arcenas's new book tells the story of Americans' longstanding yet ever-mutable obsession with this English thinker's ideas, a saga whose most recent manifestations have found the so-called Father of Liberalism held up as a right-wing icon. The first book to detail Locke's trans-Atlantic influence from the eighteenth century until today, America's Philosopher shows how and why interpretations of his ideas have captivated Americans in ways few other philosophers--from any nation--ever have. As Arcenas makes clear, each generation has essentially remade Locke in its own image, drawing inspiration and transmuting his ideas to suit the needs of the particular historical moment. Drawing from a host of vernacular sources to illuminate Locke's often contradictory impact on American daily and intellectual life from before the Revolutionary War to the present, Arcenas delivers a pathbreaking work in the history of ideas"--

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