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John Locke and the Problem of Depravity Hardcover – July 14, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0198249870 ISBN-10: 019824987X Edition: 1st
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 14, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019824987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198249870
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,788,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Upton on July 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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