SOME THOUGHTS CONCERNING EDUCATION
John Locke (1632-1704)
London: Printed for A. and J. Churchill…1695
LB475 .L6 S65 1695
The first edition (1693) of Some thoughts appeared before John Locke had made corrections. He was so incensed at its publication that he demanded it be suppressed. His gave copies from the second edition to his friends. Locke made changes to every new edition of each of his works. This third edition of Some thoughts, which came out of a series of letters the childless Locke wrote to his friend Edward Clarke regarding Clarke’s children, contains a number of alterations. Some thoughts introduced the beginning of modern developmental psychology. In this sense Locke anticipated Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his advocacy of the “natural child,” who was to be toughened by exposure to the elements and fed only when hungry. Locke also addressed the moral education of children, stressing the importance of restraint and reason in molding a child’s mind. Edition of fifteen hundred copies.