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Title:
Locke
Author:
Ayers, Michael, 1935-
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Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
58 pages ; 18 cm.
General Note:
"First published in 1997 by Phoenix ... London"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415923835
Format :
Book

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Once in a while, a publication comes along that on first sight seems oddly out of place but on second viewing is admirably suited to its purpose. This little series of biographical summaries of the thoughts of 24 Western philosophers from Democritus to Derrida is admirable not only for its reasonable price but even more for the intelligence and clarity of the writing. Each volume has been prepared by an expert in the subject, and the result is a series of well-drawn and exceptionally useful pocket-size (4.5 x 7 inches) sketches of major figures in the history of Western thought. The level is such that no special background in philosophy is required to understand the concepts discussed. Each volume also contains a short bibliography, some of which refer to electronic journals or web sites. Most of the individuals chosen for the series come as no surprise, e.g., Descartes, Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Locke, Hume, Plato, and Socrates. But there are a few unexpected choices, like Alan Turing and Karl PopperÄalthough on further consideration, they make more sense. Turing's influence on mathematics and on the development of computers has long been recognized, but his 1936 paper "On Compatible Numbers," which appeared in the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society in 1936-37, influenced studies in the philosophy of mind. Popper's development of the concept of "historicism" in such works as The Open Society and Its Enemies and The Poverty of Historicism significantly influenced 20th-century political thought. Ultimately, this set should be in every academic and public library as well as many school libraries.ÄTerry C. Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Ayers's massive study discusses and evaluates the theses, discussions, and arguments of Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. These are located historically, taking account of such recent work as that of John Yolton (Perceptual Acquaintance from Descartes to Reid, CH, Oct'84). Volume 1 covers issues in epistemology, including the nature of ideas, knowledge and probability, perceptual knowledge, and universals. Volume 2 deals with issues in ontology, including substance, God, natural law and ethics, and personal identity. Ayers also relates Locke's views to those of such contemporary thinkers as Daniel C. Dennett (Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology, 1978), as well as including some evaluation of his own of the issues discussed. He does not, however, commit the fallacy of those, e.g., Jonathan F. Bennett (Locke, Berkeley, Hume, 1971), who criticize Locke for not having read Wittgenstein. Ayers always retains historical distance, carefully segregating his own views and those of recent philosophers from those of Locke, so that Locke's position is critically evaluated in its own terms. This carefully written book is a model for such studies. Bibliography of works cited.-F. Wilson, University of Toronto