John Locke's Epistemology and Political Philosophy

John Locke's Epistemology and Political Philosophy

John Locke was an influential seventeenth century English philosopher and regarded as one of the greatest Enlightenment thinkers and forerunner of Liberalism and British Empiricism. He can be considered as among the most famous and prominent philosophers and theorists of the seventeenth century. This course offers an extensive and comprehensive account of John Locke’s epistemology and political philosophy based on his core ideas, themes and writings.

Course code: PHI0008

ECTS Credits: 6

Professor: Isaac Mutelo

Table of content 

Section I – Introduction to John Locke

1.1 John Locke: Overview

1.2 Locke’s Life and Major Works

Section II – Locke’s Political Philosophy I

2.1 Overview of Locke’s Political Philosophy

2.2 The Two Treatises Of Government

2.3 State of Nature

2.4 Natural Law and Natural Rights

2.5 The Social Contract Theory

2.6 The Civil Government 

Section III - Locke’s Political Philosophy II

3.1 Separation of Powers and the Dissolution of Government

3.2 Religion and State

3.3 Property

Section IV – Locke’s Epistemology

4.1 Overview of Locke’s Epistemology

4.2 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding


Section V - Knowledge of the External World

5.1 The Category of Sensitive Knowledge

5.2 Sensitive Knowledge and Skepticism