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  •  I'd define his period (0+ / 0-)

    as pretty much his lifetime +/- about a hundred years.

    Der Weg ist das Ziel

    by duhban on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 09:14:05 AM PST

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    •  Then you'll have trouble (0+ / 0-)

      I'm a big fan of Locke. But I think you overstate your case.
      You'll probably only be able to make this argument if you are considering political philosophy only.

      For philosophy in general, in the time period that you are listing, three others pop to mind that I think most would feel were more important.

      David Hume.

      Rene Descartes.

      Immanuel Kant.

      You are going to have a very hard time making a case for Locke being more influential than any of those.

      (My work was on the British empiricists. I would LIKE it if Locke were more influential than Kant or Descartes. I just don't believe it to be the case.)

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 06:42:34 PM PST

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      •  Locke was certainly the most important (1+ / 0-)
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        of the political philosophers. Descartes and Kant were much more about personal morality and metaphysics.

        David Hume is my personal favorite. There is a notion put about by Alison Gopnik that he might have been influenced by hearing about Tibetan and Thai Buddhism, including no-self, from a Jesuit missionary in France.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 11:47:24 PM PST

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      •  I personally would argue (0+ / 0-)

        that during that time period political philosophy was far more important then any other aspect of philosophy. I would make that argument because of how much the work of Locke and Hobbes (among others) has continued to reverberate though time.

        I do understand that academically my position is a minority position but then again as I'm not a philosophy major or employed in philosophy I don't mind being vocally out of the majority.

        Der Weg ist das Ziel

        by duhban on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 12:09:34 AM PST

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