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John Locke: The Philosopher as Christian Virtuoso

Victor Nuovo


The purpose of this book is to present the philosophical thought of John Locke as the work of a Christian virtuoso. In his role as ‘virtuoso’, an experimental natural philosopher of the sort that flourished in England during the seventeenth century, Locke was a proponent of the so-called ‘new philosophy’, a variety of atomism that emerged in early modern Europe. But he was also a practicing Christian, and he professed confidence that the two vocations were not only compatible but mutually sustaining. Locke aspired, without compromising his empirical stance, to unite the two vocations in a sing ... More

Keywords: John Locke, new philosophy, atomism, Christian virtuoso, natural philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198800552
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198800552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor Nuovo, author
Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Middlebury College, Vermont