Hannah Dawson. Locke, Language and Early-Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

One of my favorite books!

Philosophy Book Reviews

The following review was published in Seventeenth-Century News, [2010] vol. 68, nos. 1&2, pp. 65-68


Hannah Dawson. Locke, Language and Early-Modern Philosophy. (Ideas in Context Series) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xii + 361 pp. $90.00.

Review by Karin Susan Fester, University of Wales.

Hannah Dawson’s book is an impressive work about John Locke’s philosophy of language, in particular his critique of words, making it a valuable contribution to the field of seventeenth century studies and philosophy. The book is eloquent in style and rigorous and enduring in its presentation. Dawson makes extensive use of Locke’s original manuscripts, as well as engaging with works from various English, French and various other European philosophers. The book is an excellent reference text for those requiring a specialist treatment of seventeenth century philosophy of language, especially where it concerns the development of moral language in political philosophical thought during Locke’s…

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