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Locke's Moral Man

Antonia LoLordo


Locke denies that species boundaries exist independently of human convention, holds that the human mind may be either an immaterial substance or a material one to which God has superadded the power of thought, and insists that animals possess the ability to perceive, will, and even reason—indeed, in some cases to reason better than humans. Thus he eliminates any sharp distinction between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. However, in his ethical and political work Locke assumes that there is a sharp distinction between moral agents and other beings. He thus needs to be able to delineat ... More

Keywords: animals, freedom, God, liberty, Locke, moral agency, natural law, person, rationality, species

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antonia LoLordo, author
University of Virginia

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