John Locke, Toleration, and Lessons for Political Leaders in the 21st Century

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Speaker:Edward M Yager, Western Kentucky University
Date: Monday 19 March 2012
Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm
Location: tbc

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John Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration is a classic piece of political philosophy from 1689.  The work is generally recognized by scholars as part of Locke's larger corpus of liberal political theory, which has had a profound influence on Western civilization, especially the United States of America.  In this work, Locke examines the relationship between church and state and the implications of that relationship for people in a liberal society.  Locke argues that there are compelling reasons for political leaders to exercise tolerance or neutrality on religious matters.  I examine Locke's arguments and explore their relevance to political leaders in the 21st century.