Locke’s Influence

Aarsleff, Hans. "Locke's Influence," The Cambridge Companion to Locke. Ed. Vere Chappell, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1994.


“It requires effort to grasp the radical nature of Locke’s moves against contemporary arguments for political, epistemological, and religious authority. Even such a rational man as Locke’s near contemporary Henry More defended innate ideas because he feared that belief in the reality of witchcraft would be lost without them. By banishing all thought of innate culpability and natural inferiority that had to be relieved by the intercession of traditionally sanctioned authorities, Locke gave mankind total autonomy in the conduct of its affairs in this world, even for the rightness of conduct that might merit a life among the blessed hereafter.”