The meaning of charity in Locke's political thought

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The meaning of charity in Locke's political thought

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dc.contributor.author Lamb, Robert en_GB
dc.contributor.author Thompson, Benjamin en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-20T16:51:57Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:43:35Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:36:19Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The recent ‘religious turn’ within Locke scholarship has stressed the need to understand his theological commitments when approaching his political thought. One area of interpretation that has been completely transformed by this heightened sensitivity to the religious roots of Locke’s thought is his account of property ownership which, it is claimed, contains a ‘right to charity’—a subsistence entitlement that trumps established ownership rights. However, this increasingly accepted interpretive claim has been made without significant attention to the way in which charity is deployed throughout Locke’s writing. The aim of this article is to try and get to grips with Locke’s various usages of the term and determine whether the concept he deploys is a consistent one. After discussion of the uncertain role charity plays in his account of property, we examine how it is defined in the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and then turn to the crucial position it occupies in his theological corpus. Though Locke’s understanding of charity seems fraught with ambiguities, the reason for these ambiguities relate to his configuration of charity as a disposition rather than a mere act, a configuration linked inextricably to his account of toleration. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 8(2), pp.229-252 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1474885108100854 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/56773 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_GB
dc.relation.url http://ept.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/8/2/229 en_GB
dc.relation.url http://ept.sagepub.com/ en_GB
dc.subject Locke, John en_GB
dc.subject charity en_GB
dc.subject property en_GB
dc.subject theology en_GB
dc.subject toleration en_GB
dc.subject Christian Platonism en_GB
dc.subject disposition en_GB
dc.subject obligation en_GB
dc.title The meaning of charity in Locke's political thought en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-03-20T16:51:57Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:43:35Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:36:19Z
dc.identifier.issn 1474-8851 en_GB
dc.description Copyright © 2009 by SAGE Publications. This is the authors final version, after peer-review. 12 month embargo by the publisher. Article will be released April 2010. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1741-2730 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal European Journal of Political Theory en_GB


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