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  • Luisa SimonuttiEmail author
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Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées book series (ARCH, volume 226)

Abstract

The volume presents the illuminating research carried out by international scholars of Locke’s thought and the early modern period in general. The essays address the theoretical and historical contexts of Locke’s analytical methodology and come together in a multidisciplinary approach that sets biblical hermeneutics in relation to his philosophical, historical, and political thought, and to the philological and doctrinal culture of his time. Centring on the last decade of Locke’s life and the publication of his posthumous works, these studies illustrate the influence that his interpretation of the Bible and the Christian tradition had on eighteenth-century thinkers and controversialists. The contextualization of Locke’s biblical hermeneutics within the contemporary reading of the Bible contributes to the analysis of the figure of Christ and the role of Paul’s theology in political and religious thought from the seventeenth century to the Enlightenment. The volume sheds light on how Locke was appreciated by his contemporaries as a biblical interpreter and exegete. It also offers a reconsideration that overarches interpretations confined within specific disciplinary ambits and his own intellectual biography to address Locke’s thought in a global historic context.

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Acknowledgements

I should like to express my heartfelt thanks to the distinguished contributors to the volume and to Sarah Hutton, editor of the International Archives of the History of Ideas series, for her extraordinarily intellectual support and generous friendship. I would also like to thank the anonymous referees for their most helpful suggestions and the Springer publishing staff. Thanks also to Aelmuire Helen Cleary for her invaluable editorial assistance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ISPF-National Research CouncilMilano-NapoliItaly

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