The Politics of Self-Preservation: Toleration and Identity in Pufendorf and Locke

  • Michael J. Seidler
Part of the Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 186)


Shortly after Locke’s return to England in 1689, his support for William’s cause was recognized by the offer of an ambassadorship to Brandenburg.2 It was an important post, not only because Frederick III had assisted William’s invasion, but also because he remained a crucial Continental ally in the ongoing struggle against France. Locke declined the offer, however, no doubt because his exile had been long enough already. Without his circle of expatriates in the Netherlands, most of whom had by now returned to England, as well as his other, Dutch friends, Berlin must have seemed a lonely place indeed, even if Locke’s earlier (1665–66) experience in Cleve, one of Brandenburg’s western territories, would have predisposed him to consider it a favorable context in at least some respects.3


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