Locke: Political Writings

Locke: Political Writings

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John Locke's Second Treatise of Government' (c1681) is perhaps the key founding liberal text. A Letter Concerning Toleration', written in 1685 (a year when a Catholic monarch came to the throne of England and Louis XVI unleashed a reign of terror against Protestants in France), is a classic defence of religious freedom. Yet many of Locke's other writings -- not least the Constitutions of Carolina', which he helped draft -- are almost defiantly anti-liberal in outlook. This comprehensive collection brings together the main published works (excluding polemical attacks on other people's views) with the most important surviving evidence from among Locke's papers relating to his political philosophy. David Wootton's wide-ranging and scholarly Introduction sets the writings in the context of their time, examines Locke's developing ideas and unorthodox Christianity, and analyses his main arguments. The result is the first fully rounded picture of Locke's political thought in his own words.An indication of Lockea#39;s continuing commitment to the argument of the text is the epigraph he chose for it some time between 1698 and ... The Second Treatise may seem to be difficult to reconcile with the arguments of the Essay. ... An identifiable author seems stubbornly present, even if he is writing in several different conventions and adopts somewhat different ... Not the identity of his mental capacities, for not only do these change over time, but if Locke was reborn in the twentiethanbsp;...

Title:Locke: Political Writings
Author:John Locke, David Wootton
Publisher:Hackett Publishing - 1993


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