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Discussion: John Locke (Richard Baron)

John Locke (1632 - 1704), one of the greatest English thinkers, went to school at Westminster. After study at Oxford, he returned to London. He was involved in politics, as well as practising medicine. He fled to the Netherlands in 1683, but returned in 1689, and passed his last years in Essex. His arguments on human knowledge are still important in philosophy. His views on government strongly influenced the founders of the United States. We will take a selection of his ideas, and discuss how relevant they are today.

Please note that the room does have limited capacity, and that people will hear about this event via the Bishopsgate Institute, as well as via Meetup and via the Philosophy for All website and programme. This means that replying "yes" here does not guarantee you a place. We will always try to fit everyone in, but very occasionally, an event is so popular that we have to turn some people away. If lots of people (say, more than 40) have replied "yes" here, it would be a good idea to turn up reasonably early. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • janeyh

    Interested in learning more

    February 21, 2014

    • Richard B.

      You mean more about the event? I shall say a bit about Locke's life and thought, and the political context (which was quite exciting - Civil War, worries about the policy of Charles II and James II, Glorious Revolution), and then pick out some short passages from his works for dicussion - mainly from the Second Treatise on Government and the First Letter Concerning Toleration. For each one, we shall ask what the central idea in the passage is, and then ask whether it is an idea that we should agree with today.

      February 21, 2014

  • janeyh

    Interested in learning more

    February 20, 2014

  • Lucy

    My apologies I am away that week end but should be great.



    February 17, 2014

  • Richard B.

    Please note the date. This event was originally going to be on 15 March. Unfortunately, Bishopsgate had a problem with their room bookings, and they have had to move the event to Saturday 22 February.

    1 · January 8, 2014

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