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Toleration and Understanding in Locke

Nicholas Jolley


Despite recent advances in Locke scholarship, philosophers and political theorists have paid little attention to the relations among his three greatest works: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Two Treatises of Government, and Epistola de Tolerantia. As a result our picture of Locke’s thought is a curiously fragmented one. This book argues that these works are unified by a concern to promote the cause of religious toleration. Making extensive use of Locke’s neglected replies to Proast, the book shows how Locke draws on his epistemological principles to criticize religious persecution; fo ... More

Keywords: belief, coercion, contractualism, knowledge, magistrate, natural law, Proast, toleration, Waldron

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791706
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Jolley, author
University of California, Irvine