John Locke: Thoughts Concerning Education

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  • Mark Goldie (University of Cambridge)

In the eighteenth century Locke's Thoughts Concerning Education was as widely read as his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and probably more so than his Two Treatises of Government. The book appealed to parents grown suspicious of the drudge Latinity of the grammar schools and the clerical pedantry of the universities. Published in 1693, Some Thoughts was dedicated to his friend the Whig MP Edward Clarke, for whom it had been drafted in a series of private letters from 1684 onwards. Locke amended successive editions until the fifth, which appeared in 1705. The book concerns the education of gentlemen's sons, aiming to “produce virtuous, useful, and able men in their distinct callings”. Locke assumes a…

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Goldie, Mark. "Thoughts Concerning Education". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 June 2003
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