Second Treatise of Government

Second Treatise of Government

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by John Locke
     
 

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The central principles of what today is broadly known as political liberalism were made current in large part by Locke's Second Treatise of Government (1690). The principles of individual liberty, the rule of law, government by consent of the people, and the right to private property are taken for granted as fundamental to the human condition now. Most liberal

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The central principles of what today is broadly known as political liberalism were made current in large part by Locke's Second Treatise of Government (1690). The principles of individual liberty, the rule of law, government by consent of the people, and the right to private property are taken for granted as fundamental to the human condition now. Most liberal theorists writing today look back to Locke as the source of their ideas. Some maintain that religious fundamentalism, "post-modernism," and socialism are today the only remaining ideological threats to liberalism. To the extent that this is true, these ideologies are ultimately attacks on the ideas that Locke, arguably more than any other, helped to make the universal vocabulary of political discourse.

About the Author:

Born in 1632 in Somerset, England, Locke was the son of an attorney in a middle-class family. In 1652 he went to Oxford and studied medicine. The first earl of Shaftesbury introduced Locke to the world of politics, and early in their association, Locke served as secretary of the Board of Trade and Plantations and secretary to the Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas. In 1696, Locke was made Commissioner of Trade, a position he held for several years before his death in 1704.<%END%>

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Macpherson provides for his readers a tightly written, meaty, and often invigorating critical assessment of Locke's argument. In it one finds some of the best of Macpherson's now famous criticism of liberal-democratic government. --Gregory E. Pyrcz in Canadian Philosophical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603845373
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1980
Series:
Hackett Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
600,503
File size:
510 KB

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John Locke FRS (29 August 1632 - 28 October 1704), was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and known as the "Father of Classical Liberalism".

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Second Treatise of Government 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
ghost8404 More than 1 year ago
The inspiration for the Founding Fathers can be found within this one book. The Declaration of Independence comes, nearly word for word, from this book. Anyone who wants to understand what the Founding Fathers had in mind when the Declaration was written, should read this book.
Jefjiljuljenjon More than 1 year ago
John Locke's writings were well-known by and had a major influence on America's founding fathers. The Second Treatise of Government sets forth Locke's analysis of the proper role of government as well as his clear critique of the claims supporting hereditary rule. This book describes the reasons why men choose to leave "the State of Nature" and enter into any form of government. Locke highlights the moral issues defining the relationships among men, and between men and the structure of government. This book is a must-read for those looking for insight into the philosophical moorings that shaped the founding of America and our unique Constitutional form of government.
Just_S More than 1 year ago
Locke's Second Treaties is the most profound & authoritative philosophical argument for a representative form of government. In less than 200 pages, Locke systematically describes the state of nature, the origins of personal property, currency, & society. All of which, according to Locke, facilitate the necessity of a social contract. An agreement designed to secure the safety, productivity, & continuation of human interaction. In simpler words, a government (i.e. a living body of laws). I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the study of Politics and/or Government. However, it is important to note that Locke's Second Treaties can be a difficult read. That is to say, that even an experienced reader would probably have to re-read several chapters in order to grasp their full meanings.
CentristFiasco More than 1 year ago
Brilliance at its Finest. Any American shall be mandated to read this fine piece of work to understand our System of Government and the Rights that we all take for granted today. It's time for a new change. It's time for a new revolution. A Liberty Revolution.- Joshua L.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A must!!! Very basic and self explanatory but also contains a somewhat depth to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hahahaha i will get you one day and when i do you WILL BE NORMAL