Catharine Trotter Cockburn

[Revised entry by Patricia Sheridan on October 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Cockburn's philosophical reputation rests largely upon her polemical works in defense of John Locke
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[Revised entry by Patricia Sheridan on October 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Cockburn's philosophical reputation rests largely upon her polemical works in defense of John Locke and Samuel Clarke. While she displays a range of interests in these works, her primary concern is to defend a moral epistemology that combines elements of Locke's epistemology with a proto-Clarkean moral fitness theory. Cockburn's morality is best described as a broadly rationalistic natural law theory that draws strongly on Locke's concept of reflection. According to Cockburn we...

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