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Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency

Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency

Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency Paperback / softback - 2000

by Gideon Yaffe

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Paperback / softback. New. A comprehensive interpretation of John Locke's solution to one of philosophy's enduring problems: free will and the nature of human agency. It shows us that Locke conceived free agency not just as the freedom to express oneself, but as including also the freedom to transcend oneself and act in accordance with "the good."
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  • Title Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency
  • Author Gideon Yaffe
  • Binding Paperback / softback
  • Edition 1st
  • Condition New
  • Pages 200
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A
  • Date 2000-10-22
  • Features Bibliography, Index, Table of Contents
  • Bookseller's Inventory # A9780691057064
  • ISBN 9780691057064 / 0691057060
  • Weight 0.5 lbs (0.23 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.48 x 5.49 x 0.58 in (21.54 x 13.94 x 1.47 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Free will and determinism, Locke, John
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 00024826
  • Dewey Decimal Code 123.5

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LOCKE'S central discussion of the nature of freedom and the metaphysics of agency ("Of Power," II.XXI) follows a pattern typical in the Essay.

From the rear cover

"This is, quite simply, the best work on Locke's theory of agency; it is a significant contribution both to Locke studies and to the theory of action. It is clearly and elegantly written, the arguments are set out in clear and cogent fashion, and the discussion of the details of Locke's texts is always conducted with an eye squarely fixed on the general philosophical import of the basic issues which those texts are addressing. It is an excellent piece of work."--Edwin McCann, University of Southern California

"This is a first-rate piece of work. Yaffe's discussion is engaging, lucid, and almost entirely persuasive throughout. The issue of free will remains a lively one in both philosophical research and teaching."--Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania, author of Kant and the Experience of Freedom

About the author

Gideon Yaffe is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.