Locke on Education


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© 2016 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education began as a series of letters to his friend, Sir Edward Clarke. Written during the same period he was writing the final draft of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, the Thoughts was first published in 1693. Locke was as concerned with cultivating the minds of adults as he was with childhood education. Of the Conduct of the Understanding addresses this concern. Locke's thoughts on education are part of his comprehensive epistemological, moral, and political reflections. For this reason, this chapter begins by considering the Thoughts and the Conduct in turn for what they reveal of Locke's educational principles and recommended practices. Then, it turns to address the ways in which these writings on education can deepen our understanding of unresolved theoretical problems in Locke's thought, of key concepts such as freedom and reasonableness, and of the degree of coherence of his philosophy altogether.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Grant, RW; Hertzberg, BR

Published Date

  • October 21, 2015

Book Title

  • A Companion to Locke

Start / End Page

  • 448 - 465

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781405178150

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/9781118328705.ch23

Citation Source

  • Scopus