Second Treatise of Government (Aziloth Books)

Second Treatise of Government (Aziloth Books)

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by John Locke
     
 

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John Locke (1632-1704) remains a dominant figure in the history of political philosophy, and is rightly considered one of the 'Fathers' of the Enlightenment. Published in 1690, his 'Second Treatise of Government' was written as an apologia for the overthrow of King James II, and puts forward major concepts such as popular sovereignty, the disadvantages of absolute

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John Locke (1632-1704) remains a dominant figure in the history of political philosophy, and is rightly considered one of the 'Fathers' of the Enlightenment. Published in 1690, his 'Second Treatise of Government' was written as an apologia for the overthrow of King James II, and puts forward major concepts such as popular sovereignty, the disadvantages of absolute monarchy, the division of government into separate judicial, legislative and executive branches, and the right of a people to dissolve their government.

Locke's work has proved extremely influential, providing a basis for many political doctrines, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909735088
Publisher:
Aziloth Books
Publication date:
05/13/2013
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
1,030,062
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

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John Locke (1632-1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.

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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.
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