<history of philosophy, biography> english philosopher and playwright (1679-1749). She endorsed the philosophical methods of Locke in Defense of Mr. Locke's Essay of Human Understanding (1702). In Remarks upon some Writers in the Controversy concerning the Foundation of Moral Virtue and Moral Obligation (1743), Cockburn defended the demonstrably rational morality of Clarke against the promotion of individual self-interest emphasized by Hobbes, Shaftesbury, and Hutcheson. Recommended Reading: The Works of Mrs. Catharine Cockburn (Thoemmes, 1998).
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