Two Treatises of Government

Two Treatises of Government

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by John Locke, James Langton
     
 

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Often considered the foundation of political liberalism, John Locke's Two Treatises of Government was first published anonymously in 1689, in the wake of England's Glorious Revolution. In The First Treatise of Government, Locke refutes the idea of divine monarchy, while The Second Treatise of Government articulates Locke's philosophy of government, which he based

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Often considered the foundation of political liberalism, John Locke's Two Treatises of Government was first published anonymously in 1689, in the wake of England's Glorious Revolution. In The First Treatise of Government, Locke refutes the idea of divine monarchy, while The Second Treatise of Government articulates Locke's philosophy of government, which he based upon his theories of natural rights and the social contract. In Locke's view, governments' legitimacy is based upon their performance of their proper functions-preservation of the life, liberty, and property rights of their citizens, and protection from those who seek to violate these rights. A radical doctrine at the time of its publication, Locke's theories provided a philosophical basis for many of the principles behind the American Revolution. More than 300 years after the publication of the Two Treatises of Government, Locke's ideas continue to spark debate. A must-listen for anyone interested in the foundations of contemporary political ideology, Locke's hugely influential work will retain its relevance for generations to come.

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"The notes are excellent. There are very few people likely to pick up Locke who would not find them of use. Would that every edition of a classic work had an index of this quality, allowing the reader to go back and find a previous discussion touching on the same issue. The Introduction is clearly written, intelligent, and the argument is sound. I know of no better short introduction to this work."
—Paul A. Rahe, Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage, Professor of History, Hillsdale College

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ISBN-13:
9781452651422
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.63(d)

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John Locke (1632-1704) was a British political philosopher who is often cited as the father of political liberalism.

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.

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Two Treatises of Government 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title leads you to believe that both essays are included but it is only the second. (my wife got it for me as a present so I didn't have the opportunity to check the number of pages) Also, I didn't care for the size of the book: 11 1/4" x 8 1/4". The cover is nice.
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