Life of John Locke

First published in 1957, Maurice Cranston’s ( book is recognized as the definitive biography of John Locke ( and It provides that rare combination of sound scholarship, a wealth and variety of original source material, and a lively, compelling narrative. This is required reading for all those fascinated by the ideas of Empiricism and Liberalism.


For a lively discussion on Empiricism, which Locke espoused, turn to the BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ 45 minute episode. Available from the link  With Judith Hawley, Senior Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London; Murray Pittock, Professor of Scottish and Romantic Literature at the University of Manchester; and Jonathan Rée, philosopher and author of Philosophy and its Past. Chaired by Melvyn Bragg. First broadcast Thursday 10 Jun 2004.


518 pages in Oxford paperback edition

ISBN 978-0192830449


John Locke

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