This page features a collection of the best resources on John Locke. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of Locke:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Locke. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 21,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Locke:
“John Locke (b. 1632, d. 1704) was a British philosopher, Oxford academic and medical researcher. Locke’s monumental An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) is one of the first great defenses of modern empiricism and concerns itself with determining the limits of human understanding in respect to a wide spectrum of topics. It thus tells us in some detail what one can legitimately claim to know and what one cannot….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Helen Beebee’s article: Should people be punished for crimes they can’t remember committing? [1100 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
- Watch The School of Life’s video on Locke [9:13 mins]
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on John Locke
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