Darrick Taylor - College Scholar

Thursday - March 30, 2017
1:00 PM
Hudson Auditorium, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Darrick Taylor, adjunct associate professor of history, will give two talks on philosopher and physician John Locke.

Evening presentation

The Free Gift of Health: John Locke and Early Modern Medicine
7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 23
Hudson Auditorium, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

A reception precedes the presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Regnier Center Atrium

Christian belief played a large role in philosopher John Locke's understanding of health and sickness, and opens up great discussions on how early modern men and women in England and Europe saw the relationship between faith and medicine in the mid-1600s. Join Taylor as he unlocks the philosophy and political thoughts of Locke pertaining to his views of the human body. Discuss how Locke’s ideas of healing were shared by a circle of friends and acquaintances, including the famous physician Thomas Sydenham, with whom Locke shared both religious, political and philosophical convictions. It was these commonly held religious convictions that influenced his medical theory and practice, and contend that his medical career is best seen as a part of older medical traditions, rather than as an early example of “Enlightenment” medicine.

Daytime presentation

John Locke’s Sacred Physic
1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 30
Hudson Auditorium, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Consider the confluence of religious, medical and philosophical ideas that were debatable topics during the medical career of John Locke and the time of early Enlightenment. In the last few decades, academic historians have addressed the role of religion in early modern medicine, and what this historiography has had to say about Locke specifically. Discuss the role that religion played in his medical theory and practice, as well as the personal and intellectual influences that shaped them both. Deliberate how his medical thought relates to his philosophy as embodied in his "Essay Concerning Human Understanding" and discuss in greater detail the ramifications of Locke’s medical thought for the history of medicine in the early modern period.