Voegelin never carried out a full-bore analysis of Locke as an exemplar of “spiritual pathology” or “pneumopathology.”[xiv] Although his view of Locke is lucid and unambiguous – “when it comes to Locke, my heart runs over. He is for me one of the most repugnant, dirty, morally corrupt appearances in the history of humanity” – he did not thoroughly analyze Locke’s works. In fact, within the recent fascination with Locke in political theory circles, no thorough analysis of Locke’s work has been conducted which seeks to discover whether and to what extent Locke intentionally feigned works of political theory as political philosophy to provide a deeper sense of philosophical veracity than was warranted by the actual substance of his ideas. Fortunately, the concept of pneumopathology was explored by Voegelin in some depth, and has since been taken up by other scholars.[xv] This analysis will build upon existing but scant pneumopathology literature by undertaking a thorough examination of Locke’s writings and ideas in order to determine whether Locke may be appropriately characterized as an ideological constructor who also possesses the pneumopathological spiritual character.
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