DescriptionJohn Locke. Mr. Locke's Reply To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Worcester's Answer to his Second Letter. London: A. and J. Churchill, 1699.
First edition. Small Octavo. 452 pages plus errata.
Full calf with raised bands at spine and blind embossing on covers. Moderate bumping and wear to corners and spine. Textblock shows occasional foxing, but is tight and fine otherwise. This book represents one of the most controversial upsets in the history of philosophy. Bishop Stillingfleet, a learned man of God, had attacked Locke in his Discourse in Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity of 1696. Stillingfleet had read a pamphlet by the Irish pantheist Toland, who had argued that there was nothing mysterious in Christianity, which Toland claimed was based on Locke's Essay. Stillingfleet accused Locke's philosophy of materialism. Locke answered this attack promptly with A Letter to the Right Reverend, published in 1697. Stillingfleet countered, Locke replied, Stillingfleet objected, and Locke responded with the version offered here. This long and memorable controversy ended with the death of the Bishop soon after this, Locke's third response. An interesting and revealing discourse on "Certainty by Reason, Certainty by Ideas, and Certainty of Faith."
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