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Book Presentations & Readings Series: "Presentation of the book John Locke’s Christianity (Cambridge University Press, 2021)", by Prof. Diego Lucci

April 26, 2022

John Locke’s religious interests and concerns permeate his philosophical production and are best expressed in his later works on religion, which represent the culmination of his studies. In this book Diego Lucci provides a thorough analysis and a reassessment of Locke’s unique, heterodox, internally coherent version of Protestant Christianity, which emerges from The Reasonableness of Christianity and other public as well as private writings. In order to clarify Locke’s views on morality, salvation, and the afterlife, Lucci critically examines Locke’s theistic ethics, biblical hermeneutics, reflections on natural and revealed law, mortalism, theory of personal identity, Christology, and tolerationism. While emphasizing the originality of Locke’s Scripture-based religion, this book calls attention to his influences and context and explores the reception of his theological ideas. Moreover, the book highlights the impact of Locke’s natural and biblical theology on other areas of his thought, thus enabling a better understanding of the unity of his work.

Diego Lucci is a Professor of Philosophy and History at the American University in Bulgaria and a Permanent Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He holds a PhD from the University of Naples “Federico II” and has also taught at Boston University and the University of Missouri St. Louis. He has lectured at a number of universities and institutes in Europe, the United States, and Australia and has held research fellowships at various institutions, including, among others, Gladstone’s Library, the Institute of Historical Research in London, and the University of Hamburg. He has served on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Intellectual History and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Early Modern Studies. His research focuses on the philosophy and intellectual history of the Age of Enlightenment. He is the author of three monographs in English and of over fifty journal articles and book chapters. He is also the co-editor of five volumes.

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