Locke Studies is pleased to have publish two items this week. The first was John Attig’s (Penn St) discussion of the newest volume in the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke, Locke’s Literary and Historical Writings edited by J.R. Milton. Attig describes the contents and highlights the inclusion of Locke’s “Writings on the New Method,” which explain how he takes notes. As Attig suggests, this will be very helpful to anyone working on Locke’s manuscripts because it helps to determine the order Locke’s notes were written and his indexing practice.
The second was Jean-Michel Vienne’s (Nantes) review of Philippe Hamou’s recent book Dans la chambre obscure de l’espirit. John Locke et l’invention du mind. Vienne emphasizes the care with which Hamou argued for his two main thesis (an adverbial interpretation of Locke’s concept of “idea” and an “épisode historique” interpretation of Locke’s concept of “person”) that flesh out the impressionistic presentations of each originally offered to us by Locke himself and suggests that Hamou’s contribution is revolutionary and a watershed (“il fait date en établissant deux thèses fortes”) for the study of Locke’s philosophy.
Both publications are noteworthy for Locke Studies. Vienne’s review is because it is (I believe) the first item we have published in French. The Locke Newsletter and Locke Studies has always allowed submissions in French, German, Spanish, and Italian and I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize how welcome additional submissions in any of those languages would be. Although English seems to be the predominant language among Lockeans, we seek to include the voices and scholarship of the entire community of Locke scholars. Authors should not be discouraged from submitting important research because they are not comfortable composing in English.
Attig’s discussion is noteworthy because it is the first of an alternative form of publication we are offering at Locke Studies. Shorter pieces like discussion notes, queries, updates and news items of interest to the community of Lockeans, we are publishing them within 24–72 hours on The John Locke Society blog and via social media, after review by the editor and, when appropriate, member(s) of the Locke Studies editorial board. After these items are disseminated as blog posts, we collect them and post them in Locke Studies as “Questions, Updates, or Discussions.” We would like to see more publications like this and would like to encourage people to submit items or suggestions for such publications. We would include in this category: blog posts that you have posted elsewhere (with permission, of course) that would benefit the community of Lockeans; news of recent publications of interest to Lockeans; short response pieces to previous publications whether in Locke Studies or elsewhere; interesting and signification research results; the discovery of new items from Locke’s correspondence or library; etc. If you have such items, please feel free to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to submit them via the journal webportal marked for the “Questions, Updates, and Discussion” section.