Saturday, November 19, 2016

VoegelinView: "Redefining Rebellion: John Locke’s Slight of Hand"

By Scott Robinson here. A taste:
Voegelin was indeed quite critical of Locke on those occasions when he wrote about him, labeling Locke among “the most repugnant, dirty, morally corrupt appearances in the history of humanity”1 because Voegelin saw Locke as “an ideological constructor, who brutally destroys every philosophical problem in order to justify the political status quo.”2
Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin, and their respective followers, disagree on much. One thing in which they were agreed is that John Locke was up to something.


Bill Fortenberry said...

Well, I tried reading the article, but (even ignoring Robinson's mishandling of Locke) it has to be one of the poorest written articles I've read in years. I only made it through the first couple of sections before I just couldn't take it anymore.

Tom Van Dyke said...

Not much Locke--mostly Burke--but very helpful.