Two Treatises of Government and a Letter Concerning Toleration

Two Treatises of Government and a Letter Concerning Toleration

by John Locke, Ruth W. Grant, John Dunn
     
 

Among the most influential writings in the history of Western political thought, John Locke's Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration remain vital to political debates today, more than three centuries after they were written. The complete texts appear in this volume, accompanied by interpretive essays by three prominent Locke scholars. In the… See more details below

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Among the most influential writings in the history of Western political thought, John Locke's Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration remain vital to political debates today, more than three centuries after they were written. The complete texts appear in this volume, accompanied by interpretive essays by three prominent Locke scholars. In the Two Treatises Locke provides a theory of natural law and natural rights which he uses to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate civil governments, and to argue for the legitimacy of revolution against tyrannical governments. A Letter Concerning Toleration calls for an end to the oppression of people who hold a wide variety of unorthodox religious beliefs. With these and other writings, Locke's impact on the political theory and philosophy of the early Enlightenment was monumental, and he stood as a central figure invoked by the leaders of the American Revolution. Ian Shapiro's introduction places Locke's political writings in historical and biographical context. John Dunn explores the intellectual context in which Locke wrote the Two Treatises and A Letter Concerning Toleration, as well as the major interpretive controversies about their meaning. Ruth W. Grant offers a comprehensive discussion of Locke's views on women and the family, and Shapiro contributes an essay on the democratic elements of Locke's political theory. Taken together, the texts and essays in this volume offer invaluable insights into the history of ideas and the enduring influence of Locke's political thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100181
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Rethinking the Western Tradition
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
866,266
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Locke Today
Note on the Texts
Two Treatises of Government1
The First Treatise: The False Principles and Foundation of Sir Robert Filmer7
The Second Treatise: An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government100
A Letter Concerning Toleration211
Measuring Locke's Shadow257
John Locke on Women and the Family286
John Locke's Democratic Theory309
Index341

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