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John Locke and the Problem of Depravity [Hardcover]

W. M. Spellman
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July 14, 1988 019824987X 978-0198249870 1ST
Closely examining Locke's view of original sin and its consequences for education in the early Enlightenment, Spellman here argues that Locke was much closer to traditional Protestant teaching than is generally recognized, and challenges the interpretation that sees Locke as advocating, through his philosophical and educational writings, the perfectibility of humankind.

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"Impressive for its thorough scholarship....This study contributes to our better understanding of Locke, his ideas, and his place int he history of Western thought."--The Journal of Religion

"This very readable and intriguing text maintains that a consistent theme can be drawn in Locke's Essays that reflects his belief that Christianity need not be inconsistent with a view that human nature is educable....Spellman's very good treatment of the religious themes in English thought contemporary to Locke provides a very strong study of the impact that Broad-Church approaches had on Locke....A clear statement that exhibits considerable historical thoroughness and an admirable writing style."--Choice

"This study, enriched by numerous citations from seveteenth-century theologians either friendly or inimical to Locke, provides a useful caveat to anyone tempted to merge Locke entirely into the Enlightenment."--American Historical Review

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W.M. Spellman is a Lecturer in History at Suffolk University, Boston.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1ST edition (July 14, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019824987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198249870
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,656,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sennet - and enter - stage left - full company.; July 5, 2004
Not so much of a review really but a hearkening to what is an interesting title.
Having read Philosophy - I'd never realised that Locke ever engaged with the problem if problem there is. Admittedly Locke was a High Tory, witness his prose. Perhaps I'm jumping the gun - the author may want to link the thought of Locke with thoughts on Depravity - perhaps give a contemporary bent to that thinker vis a vis our present society - if depraved we are.
Mind you, given the historical nature of the author's other works sounds unlikely. Though history is written as mirror to the present, often.
Still - intrigued by title - stands out from others - must look it up in Bodleian .....perhaps.
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