Article ID: CBB526166548

Locke's Natural and Religious Epistemology (2020)


In this paper, I am outlining a new, and perhaps controversial, account of Locke's epistemology. I argue that the common denominator in any act of assent in both the natural and religious epistemologies is the regulating role of reason. Key to the regulating role of reason is the requirement that any cognitive achievement, whether of knowledge, probability, or matter of faith, meets epistemic conditions at different stages or from different points of view. By employing the same justificatory structure throughout his epistemology, Locke offers a way in which reason can be seen to go as far as it can to justify itself (its reliability as well as its scope) from within its own natural limitations.

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Chapter Domski, Mary; (2012)
Locke's Qualified Embrace of Newton's Principia (/isis/citation/CBB001500340/)

Book Nolan, Lawrence; (2011)
Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate (/isis/citation/CBB001035171/)

Chapter Stephen Gaukroger; (2014)
Empiricism as a Development of Experimental Natural Philosophy (/isis/citation/CBB971325669/)

Article Dear, Peter; (2010)
Divine Illumination, Mechanical Calculators, and the Roots of Modern Reason (/isis/citation/CBB001034631/)

Article Leduc, Christian; (2014)
The Epistemological Functions of Symbolization in Leibniz's Universal Characteristic (/isis/citation/CBB001201188/)

Book Ole Grell; Andrew Cunningham; (2016)
Medicine, Natural Philosophy and Religion in Post-Reformation Scandinavia (/isis/citation/CBB802628479/)

Article Laurence Wuidar; (2009)
L'interdetto della conoscenza: segreti celesti e arcani musicali nel Cinquecento e Seicento (/isis/citation/CBB386803290/)

Chapter Enrico Giannetto; (2009)
La Fisica di Spinoza fra Descartes e Newton e la sua influenza su Einstein (/isis/citation/CBB550074250/)

Book Lodwick, Francis; Henderson, Felicity; Poole, William; (2010)
On Language, Theology, and Utopia (/isis/citation/CBB001251438/)

Thesis Hill, Benjamin David; (2003)
Studies in the Understructure: The Semiotic Basis of John Locke's Empirical Epistemology (/isis/citation/CBB001562305/)

Chapter Ward, Lee; (2009)
Locke and the Problematic Relation between Natural Science and Moral Philosophy (/isis/citation/CBB001201162/)

Article Wolfe, Charles; Salter, Alan; (2009)
Empiricism contra Experiment: Harvey, Locke and the Revisionist View of Experimental Philosophy (/isis/citation/CBB001031881/)

Book Nuovo, Victor; (2011)
Christianity, Antiquity, and Enlightenment: Interpretations of Locke (/isis/citation/CBB001201326/)

Article Ben-Chaim, Michael; (2000)
Locke's ideology of “common sense” (/isis/citation/CBB000111464/)

Book Michael Jacovides; (2017)
Locke's Image of the World (/isis/citation/CBB038240095/)

Article Patrick J. Connolly; (2015)
Lockean Superaddition and Lockean Humility (/isis/citation/CBB228689926/)

Book Corneanu, Sorana; (2011)
Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke, and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition (/isis/citation/CBB001250419/)

Book Paganini, Gianni; (2003)
The Return of Scepticism: From Hobbes and Descartes to Bayle (/isis/citation/CBB000331034/)

Authors & Contributors
Connolly, Patrick J.
Jacovides, Michael
Wuidar, Laurence
Wolfe, Charles T.
Ward, Lee
Stolberg, Michael
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science in Context
Foundations of Science
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Bulletin d'histoire et d'èpistémologie des sciences de la vie
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago Press
Natural philosophy
Science and religion
Locke, John
Newton, Isaac
Descartes, René
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Hume, David
Boyle, Robert
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Scandinavia; Nordic countries

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment