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Liberating Judgment: Fanatics, Skeptics, and John Locke's Politics of Probability

Douglas John Casson


Examining the social and political upheavals that characterized the collapse of public judgment in early modern Europe, this book offers a unique account of the achievement of liberal democracy and self-government. The book argues that the work of John Locke instills a civic judgment that avoids the excesses of corrosive skepticism and dogmatic fanaticism, which lead to either political acquiescence or irresolvable conflict. Locke changes the way political power is assessed by replacing deteriorating vocabularies of legitimacy with a new language of justification informed by a conception of pr ... More

Keywords: public judgment, liberal democracy, self-government, John Locke, civic judgment, political power, reasonableness, probable judgment, justification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691144740
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691144740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas John Casson, author
St. Olaf College