Locke's Life and Writing; The Essay concerning Human Understanding; Books I and II: Ideas and Principles; Book III: Language and Abstraction; Book IV: Knowledge; Reception and Legacy; A Chronology of John Locke; An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 1; Appendix Extracts from Locke's Letters to Edward Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcester; Explanatory Notes; Index.
John Locke (1632-1704) was an English philosopher and physician.
This abridgment by Kenneth Winkler is the best that has ever been
done. Winkler's judgment as to what must be kept and what may be
dropped is unerring, and his literary skill has enabled him to
fashion a text that reads smoothly. An illuminating Introduction
and comprehensive glossary enhance the value of this volume for
students. --Vere Chappell, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Locke's Essay is a massive, scarcely organized work that is easy for students to get lost in and difficult for teachers to lend coherence to. But Winkler's abridgment succeeds remarkably at bringing out the underlying structure of Locke's masterpiece without sacrificing any of the long and important passages that put the meat on that structure. I didn't think this could be done until I came across Winkler's abridgment. It certainly makes teaching Locke much easier, since it makes the structure of the Essay more apparent, and leaves the teacher thus freer to concentrate on the details of the text. I know of no passages from the Essay left out of this abridgment that I would prefer to use in a lower-level class. If anything, I would have made the abridgment shorter still. But to my knowledge, nobody has yet done a better job than Winkler. --Michael Rolf, University of Pennsylvania