Philosophy and Allotment : John Locke's influence on Henry L. Dawes

  • David Bergeron

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Bergeron
    Pages 1-6
  3. David Bergeron
    Pages 7-12
  4. David Bergeron
    Pages 43-44

About this book


This book provides a new perspective for examining the Native policies of the late nineteenth century. It centers on the figure of Henry Laurens Dawes, and more specifically, on the conceptual roots of his views on allotment, education and assimilation. These roots are grounded in John Locke’s epistemology and pedagogy. Through a philosophical analysis of Dawes’ ideas and policies, the book provides a new approach to arrive at a better understanding of an important historical process. In this regard, an often-overlooked link between philosophy and history is clarified, helping philosophers, historians and other scholars in their quest for knowledge. This book clarifies the impact of philosophical ideas on historical conceptions, and by studying Dawes, also addresses the reflection behind a major historical process. Political and social philosophers, as well as historians of ideas and of Native policies, will greatly benefit from this concise book. 


Life of John Locke Life of Henry Laurens Dawes Locke's Pedagogy and Theory of Property Property Creation Allotment of Indian Lands Native American History Political Liberalism

Authors and affiliations

  • David Bergeron
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Political Science, Political and Native History, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of MonctonMonctonCanada

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