The Selected Political Writings of John Locke (Norton Critical Editions Series)

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John Locke’s revolutionary writings created a sea change in political theory and, eventually, in liberal democracy in practice.
His political thought inspired and helped to justify the American Revolution and deeply influenced the American constitution, and his arguments in favor of human rights, political equality, and government by consent are now accepted worldwide.
This comprehensive collection is the only student edition of Locke’s ...
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Overview

John Locke’s revolutionary writings created a sea change in political theory and, eventually, in liberal democracy in practice.
His political thought inspired and helped to justify the American Revolution and deeply influenced the American constitution, and his arguments in favor of human rights, political equality, and government by consent are now accepted worldwide.
This comprehensive collection is the only student edition of Locke’s writings that includes, in addition to his pioneering political texts, selections from his ethical, epistemological, and religious writings.
"Sources" includes writings by the major political theorists who influenced Locke, including Richard Hooker, Hugo Grotius, and Thomas Hobbes.
Twenty-one "Interpretations" cover the major critical comments and controversies surrounding Locke’s political thought, including work by Leo Strauss, C. B. Macpherson, Alan Ryan, Ruth Grant, and Jeremy Waldron.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393964516
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2005
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 816,198
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul E. Sigmund is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideologies of the Developing Nations, Natural Law in Political Thought, The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile, and Liberation Theology at the Crossroads. He is the translator and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics.
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Table of Contents

The selected political writings of John Locke 1
From the first treatise of government 5
The second treatise of government 17
A letter concerning toleration 125
Background selections
Essays on the law of nature (1663-64) 171
An essay concerning human understanding (1671-90) 182
Sources 219
Of the laws of ecclesiastical polity 221
On the law of war and peace 232
Leviathan 241
On the law of nature and of nations 249
Patriarcha or the natural power of kings defended against the unnatural liberty of the people 262
Interpretations 271
From natural right and history 274
Strauss on Locke's law of nature 281
From the Lockean theory of rights 286
Locke and possessive individualism 292
Locke and the dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie 299
Equality, legitimacy, and majority rule in Locke : continuity and change 306
From God, Locke, and equality 313
Property and obligation in Locke 325
Locke's discussion of property 330
The "punctual" self : Locke and atomistic instrumentalism 334
Locke's political anthropology and Lockean individualism 339
The meaning of consent in Locke 344
Locke on representation in politics 349
Radicalism and Lockean political theory 354
Conservative revolutionary or social democrat? 357
Locke and original sin 363
The claim to freedom of conscience : freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of worship 366
An evaluation of Locke's argument against persecution 369
"So vile and miserable an estate" : the problem of slavery in Locke's political thought 374
Early liberal roots of feminism : John Locke and the attack on patriarchy 379
Locke, liberalism, and the American revolution 388
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