John Locke on Conversation with Friends and Strangers

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Title John Locke on Conversation with Friends and Strangers
Author Yeo, Richard Reginald
Journal Name Parergon
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Abstract John Locke did not write an 'essay' on the standard humanist topic of friendship; yet his letters, notebooks, and major works contain significant reflections on it, if not a systematic position. This article considers what Locke thought about the importance of conversation, often paired in humanist writings with the ideal of a perfect friendship between two equals. He entertained a version of this notion, asserting that best friends must be lovers of truth, but also valued informal exchanges with strangers as sources of new information and ideas. For Locke, conversation with both friends and strangers was a necessary instrument in the pursuit of truth.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/pgn.0.0157
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 ANZAMEMS. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 26
Issue Number 2
Page from 11
Page to 37
ISSN 0313-6221
Date Accessioned 2010-01-28
Date Available 2010-06-23T05:21:51Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Historical Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30176
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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