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Conference re-examines Locke's work, April 1

Noted scholars of John Locke's political and religious philosophy will gather for a public conference, "Reason, Faith and Politics: John Locke Re-examined," on Friday, April 1, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The conference consists of three sessions that roughly correspond to the stages of Locke's intellectual development. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, scholars will discuss Locke's theory of natural law, with particular reference to the extent to which it departs from earlier classical and Christian theories. A 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. session will cover the religious foundations of Locke's theory of equality. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the focus will be on the relation of Locke's religious thinking to his political thought.

A reception in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room will follow the lectures. The conference is organized by Paul Sigmund, professor of politics at Princeton and editor of the forthcoming "Selected Political Writings of John Locke" (Norton Critical Edition).

The event is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values and co-sponsored by the Department of Politics, the Center for the Study of Religion, the James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions and the Department of Philosophy.

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