John Locke's Liberalism

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 27, 1991 - Political Science - 230 pages
In this work, Ruth W. Grant presents a new approach to John Locke's familiar works. Taking the unusual step of relating Locke's Two Treatises to his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Grant establishes the unity and coherence of Locke's political arguments. She analyzes the Two Treatises as a systematic demonstration of liberal principles of right and power and grounds it in the epistemology set forth in the Essay.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Possibility of Political Theory
12
Two Kinds of Understanding
14
The Essay and the Two Treatises
21
The Application and the Foundation of Moral Knowledge
27
Moral Knowledge and Moral Freedom
40
Reason and Politics
48
Legitimate and Illegitimate Power The Normative Theory
52
Legitimate and Illegitimate Power Practical Tests of the Normative Theory
99
Obligation
101
Resistance
136
Reason and Politics Reconsidered
179
Government as Judge
180
Reason Freedom Will
192
Locke and Liberal Theory
198
Bibliography
207

The First Treatise
56
The Second Treatise
64

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About the author (1991)

Ruth W. Grant is assistant professor of political science at Duke University.

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