'Private is in secret free': Hobbes and Locke on the limits of toleration, atheism and heterodoxy

Justin Champion, C. Y. Zarka (Editor), F. Lessay (Editor), J. Rogers (Editor)

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Both Hobbes and Locke were strongly motivated by anticlericalism. Hobbes saw public religion as a function of the state, but was willing to countenance any private belief as long as it did not show itself in public dissent. Locke regarded free enquiry as an ultimate good, and would not tolerate either priestcraft or entrenched positions such as atheism to interfere with it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLes fondements philosophiques de la tolerence
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherPresses universitaires de France
ISBN (Print)2130498302
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameFondements de la politique
PublisherPresses universitaires de France


  • Hobbes
  • Locke
  • anticlericalism
  • tolerance
  • erastianism
  • seventeenth-century England

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