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A Letter Concerning Toleration

Latin and English Texts Revised and Edited with Variants and an Introduction

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-LII
  2. John Locke, Mario Montuori
    Pages 1-5
  3. John Locke, Mario Montuori
    Pages 6-117
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 118-123

About this book


Limborch's edition and Popple's translation, as on whether it is true that Popple translated the Epistola into English 'a l'insu de Mr Locke', and consequently whether Locke was right or wrong in saying that the translation was made 'without my privity'. Long research into documents hitherto unpublished, or little known, or badly used, has persuaded me that Locke not only knew that Popple had undertaken to translate the Gouda Latin text, but also that Locke followed Popple's work very closely, and even that the second English edition of 1690 was edited by Locke himself. In these circumstances it does not seem possible to speak of an original text, that in Latin, and an English translation; rather they are two different versions of Locke's thoughts on Toleration. The accusations of unreliability levelled at Popple therefore fall to the ground, and the Latin and English texts acquire equal rights to our trust, since they both deserve the same place among Locke's works. Consequently the expression 'without my privity', which a number of people had seen as revealing an innate weakness in Locke's moral character, reacquires its precise meaning: testifying to Locke's profound modesty and integrity.



Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Letter Concerning Toleration
  • Book Subtitle Latin and English Texts Revised and Edited with Variants and an Introduction
  • Authors John Locke
  • Editors Mario Montuori
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1963
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-011-8160-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-8794-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 123
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religious Studies, general
    Philosophy of Mind
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