Locke's Chapter ‘Of Power’ and its Eighteenth‐Century Reception

Edited by James A. Harris

in Of Liberty and Necessity

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199268603
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603136 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Locke's Chapter ‘Of Power’ and its Eighteenth‐Century Reception

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In the Essay concerning Human Understanding, Locke seeks to give an accurate account of what experience shows about the nature of human freedom. He changes his mind as to how best to understand the experience of freedom, as he seeks to accommodate objections made by Molyneux and van Limborch. A representative sample is given of criticisms of Locke on the part of later writers confused and dissatisfied by Locke’s attempt to develop a theory of freedom that does not involve the will’s indifference.

Keywords: Locke; Molyneux; van Limborch; Arminianism; liberty; indifference

Chapter.  10907 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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