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This conclusory chapter summarizes the themes that have run through this book. It takes the reader through a diverse range of material and discussions of societies as far apart as Lapland and South Africa, Brazil and China. There is a certain thematic unity that derives from Locke's writings and the questions which absorbed him from an early stage in his career. What was distinctive about Locke's approach to travel literature was the sheer diligence with which he collected books, amassing a library that was unsurpassed, and the boldness with which he applied the principles of natural philosophy to human society. Locke's reliance on travel literature was the obvious point of attack for Stillingfleet. In Locke's hands natural law theory took on a new dimension. He adapted natural law and made it part of natural philosophy. Locke's social anthropology allowed non-Europeans to contribute to the development of the European Enlightenment.

Keywords: European Enlightenment; Lapland; Locke's writing; natural law theory; natural philosophy; Stillingfleet; travel literature



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