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Locke's Metaphysics

Matthew Stuart


This book is a sympathetic, but not uncritical, examination of Locke's contributions to metaphysics. The topics explored include his ontology, and his views about primary and secondary qualities, essence, substratum, mind and matter, identity, volition, and freedom. This broad survey of Locke's metaphysical theories invites us to see connections between them, and so to see that he is a more systematic thinker than he is often taken to be. For example, we see that his rejection of essentialism leads him to embrace relativism about identity, and that his relativism about identity is crucial i ... More

Keywords: Locke, metaphysics, secondary qualities, essence, identity, person, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Stuart, author
Bowdoin College, Maine