Second Treatise of Government

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Hackett Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1980 - Philosophy - 124 pages
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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 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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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Some interesting information about the theoretical underpinnings of government and that all men have the right to freedom and property. He also discusses just war and quotes James 1(VI) a couple of times. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Anony - Goodreads

Even if all of the concepts in this book are bullshit it is still an important read because powerful people thought it was important. I enjoy the idea that property is a product of labour, but it ... Read full review

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