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Locke: A Very Short Introduction

John Dunn

Publication Date - July 2003

ISBN: 9780192803948

136 pages

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John Locke (1632-1704) one of the greatest English philosophers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, argued in his masterpiece, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, that our knowledge is founded in experience and reaches us principally through our senses; but its message has been curiously misunderstood. In this book John Dunn shows how Locke arrived at his theory of knowledge, and how his exposition of the liberal values of toleration and responsible government formed the backbone of enlightened European thought of the eighteenth century.


  • Shows how Locke arrived at his theory of knowledge
  • Written by the leading authority on Locke
  • Insightful and lively, unravels the meaning of Locke's political thought

About the Author(s)

John Dunn is a Fellow of King's College and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Political Thought of John Locke, Western Political Theory in the Face of the Future, Modern Revolutions, and The History of Political Theory, and the editor of Democracy: The Unfinished Journey.

Table of Contents

    1. Life
    2. The politics of trust
    3. Knowledge, belief and faith
    Note on sources
    Further reading

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