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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


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.

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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

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John Locke (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". 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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 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.
Anonymous 26 days ago
A pair of purple eyes appear in the shadows, watching the camp.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A she cat runs down from the stars. Her pelt is flecked with stars and her eyes shine like the moon. Her mate, Darksky, follows her. She comes to rest on a hill. She flicks her tail at Darksky to keep quiet. The walk deeper into the forest and the stars disappear. A tom steps out from the shadows. "Honeywish... I never would have thought you would kill a cat the way you did. Welcome to the dark forest..." Honeywish dips her head. "Graveltongue. You always knew I was bad. Wasnt that why you wanted to train me?" She walked away with Darksky. "You are truely evil." He purred. "Well, sweety, its what Im best at." Honeywish smiles. "Stop talking so loud. I dont want them to hear." A she cat blocks their path. "WHO to hear?" She asks. "You." Honeywish roughly pushes past her, knocking her to the ground. "Move." Darksky glares at the she cat. "Make yourself useful, Shrewclaw and find me Brokenstar." Shrewclaw sped off. Honeywish hissed. "Where is my brother? Tigerstar?" She calls. Brokenstar stepps from the shadows. "Firestar killed him." He growled. "That-" Darksky covers her mouth. "Yes I know..." Brokenstar dipps his head. "Welcome home, deputy."
Anonymous 4 months ago
The young queen padded in, her kits trailing behind her. "May we join you?" She asked, breathing heavily.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The sknny female kit padded in weakly. She had long black fur and ocean blue eyes. Her front left leg was bleeding. " h-help me.... please " she mewed softly
Anonymous 4 months ago
Could i join plz
Anonymous 5 months ago
Dont put up adds if only two of you are active! (I am not counting you, tigereye, cuz you are not part of the clan yet. But tigereye, there are much better clans to join than this ex. Eveningclan at gmy, silentclan at kir, etc.)
Anonymous 5 months ago
Can you guys capture me? Im bored. I will join though. I am active.)))))))))) The cat watched from the bushes wonderin g if he could kill the leader and make his master proud
Anonymous 6 months ago
"Silverstar! Silverstar! Can I have a mentor, pleeeaaase? Please?"
Anonymous 7 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
Purred in his sleep
Anonymous 10 months ago
A cat with a kit runs in then drops the kit and dies. Then the kit starts to cry.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Sat in a pine overlooking the camp for DaimondPaw her narowed green eyes sparkling in the dusk sun.
Anonymous 10 months ago
And whatever you do do not trust bobstar on a different book he overrthrew the leader owlstar and took over their clan. Please let me join you. I will fight with you against bobstar and deathclan or whatever theybare called. Please give me your answer tommorow.
Anonymous 10 months ago
The expectant cat pads in
Anonymous 11 months ago
(Why do i have a feeling you are the unkown cats destroying the clans yourself and your looking for uceclan to give them an omen arwnt you)
Anonymous 11 months ago
The expectant white she-cat watched the Clan, her yellow eyes wandering. *I wonder if they'll take me in.* She thought.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I think i will just leave the clan. Sorry.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous 12 months ago
She pads over to silverstar. "Is there allready a deputy? I trust u read my bio at the prev. res?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in to camp "is this a bad time to ask if i can join?"(i am super shy and i am 18m old and i have a golden glow to me.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A small kit runs into camp yelling. "HELP!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in