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Stewart Duncan, Materialism from Hobbes to Locke, Oxford University Press, 2022, 233pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780197613009.

Reviewed by Nicholas Jolley, University of California, Irvine

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Stewart Duncan, Materialism from Hobbes to Locke, Oxford University Press, 2022, 233pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780197613009.

Reviewed by Nicholas Jolley, University of California, Irvine

Like most of his major philosophical doctrines, Hobbes’s materialism ignited a firestorm. Critics charged that the doctrine undermined the natural immortality of the soul and, at least when extended to God, was tantamount to atheism. Much of the criticism directed against Hobbes’s materialism was little more than vulgar abuse without real philosophical content. In his book, however, Stewart Duncan is concerned with showing that Hobbes’s doctrine also gave rise to a significant philosophical debate among his contemporaries and successors. Philosophers such as the…

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