Graduate Colloquium Series: Steven Dezort

“Locke and the Circulation of Ideas”

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Steven Dezort
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Philosophy, 2017-2018 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

Dezort will discuss how John Locke’s medical practice informs his philosophical thought. Specifically, he will make the case that fundamental to his philosophical project is the circulation of ideas. By surveying his work on ethics, religion, politics, and economics, Dezort will discuss how Locke consistently worked to disseminate beneficial ideas, while clearing away harmful ones—all very much the work of someone who was trained in both philosophy and medicine. Furthermore, he will argue that undergirding the circulation of ideas is Locke’s philosophical endorsement of thinking matter and his medical conclusion that matter could affect the mind. To make this case, Dezort will draw from original manuscript research at the Bodleian Library, British Library, and U.K. National Archives, showing how his unpublished medical writings are harmonious with his published philosophical work.

The Graduate Colloquium offers graduate students an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with faculty and graduate students from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Steven Dezort’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at

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