• Robert R. Rusk


Although Locke’s name is inevitably associated with An Essay Concerning Human Understanding2 which may be said to have opened a new era in philosophical thought, his political ideas as set forth in the Two Treatises of Government3 had a more far-reaching influence on world opinion. In comparison with these epoch-making works his Some Thoughts Concerning Education4 may be regarded merely as a literary diversion, and, like the Essay, written ‘in patches and at distant times’. But for the fact that the Thoughts were by the same person as the Essay it would hardly merit attention; as Laslett puts it:5 ‘Everything else which he wrote was important because he, Locke of the Human Understanding, had written it. It was so with his Thoughts Concerning Education (1694).’


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    Cf. Gilbert Ryle, ‘Locke on the Human Understanding’, in John Locke: Tercentenary Addresses (Oxford University Press, 1933), pp. 26, 34.Google Scholar
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    See K. Dewhurst, John Locke, Physician and Philosopher: A Medical Biography (London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1963); British Medical Journal, 5 Oct. 1963, ‘An Oxford Medical Quartet’. Also British Medical Journal, 4 April 1964, ‘John Locke’s Medical Notes’.Google Scholar
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