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Otfried Höffe on Locke - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 241
Locke/Höffe: (...) John Locke (1632-1704) [founded] British empiricism.
LockeVsDescartes/LockeVsHobbes: In epistemology he develops a counterpoint to Descartes' rationalism and in political philosophy an alternative to Hobbes' absolutism. However, because of his epistemological empiricism and his political and economic liberalism, additionally because of his demand for a child-oriented education and finally because of his plea for a certain religious tolerance, he rises quickly to European fame, and rightly so.
More than any other thinker, he shaped the philosophical, political and economic world view of the bourgeois age. To this day he is valued as a classic of epistemology, political philosophy and, not least, pedagogy.
Höffe I 242
In early writings such as the Tracts on Government (1660/61), Locke did not yet represent liberal political views. For example, he advocates state supervision of religious services.
Biography: Although he is a champion of liberal ideas, he also earns money from the slave trade.


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