Selected Political Writings of John Locke Texts, Background Selections, Sources, Interpretations

ISBN-10: 0393964515
ISBN-13: 9780393964516
Edition: 2004
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Description: This comprehensive collection of John Locke's revolutionary writings is a student edition that includes, in addition to his pioneering political texts, selections from his ethical, epistemological and religious writings.

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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 443
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

This comprehensive collection of John Locke's revolutionary writings is a student edition that includes, in addition to his pioneering political texts, selections from his ethical, epistemological and religious writings.

John Locke's works of political and social philosophy, written in the 17th century, have strongly influenced intellectuals ever since - including the founders of the United States of America. Born in 1632 in Wrington, England, Locke studied at Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in the late 1650's. He also studied medicine and earned a medical license. His studies led to an interest in contemporary philosophers influenced by science, such as Rene Descartes. Locke read widely among them while teaching at Christ Church over the next few years. In 1667, Locke became personal physician and adviser to Anthony Ashley Cooper, who later was appointed Earl of Shaftesbury. Through Shaftesbury's patronage, Locke earned some government posts and entered London's intellectual circles, all the while writing philosophy. He was one of the best-known European thinkers of his time when he died in 1704. In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), Locke established the philosophy of empiricism, which holds that the mind at birth is a blank tablet. Experience, Locke believed, would engrave itself upon the tablet as one grew. He felt humans should create theories according to experience and test them with experiments. This philosophy helped establish the scientific method. Locke codified the principals of liberalism in "Two Treatises of Government" (1690). He emphasized that the state must preserve its citizens' natural rights to life, liberty and property. When the state does not, Locke argued, citizens are justified in rebelling. His view of liberalism comprised limited government, featuring elected representation and legislative checks and balances. While a Christian, Locke believed in absolute separation of church and state, and he urged toleration of those whose religious views differed from the majorities.

The selected political writings of John Locke
From the first treatise of government
The second treatise of government
A letter concerning toleration
Background selections
Essays on the law of nature (1663-64)
An essay concerning human understanding (1671-90)
Sources
Of the laws of ecclesiastical polity
On the law of war and peace
Leviathan
On the law of nature and of nations
Patriarcha or the natural power of kings defended against the unnatural liberty of the people
Interpretations
From natural right and history
Strauss on Locke's law of nature
From the Lockean theory of rights
Locke and possessive individualism
Locke and the dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie
Equality, legitimacy, and majority rule in Locke : continuity and change
From God, Locke, and equality
Property and obligation in Locke
Locke's discussion of property
The "punctual" self : Locke and atomistic instrumentalism
Locke's political anthropology and Lockean individualism
The meaning of consent in Locke
Locke on representation in politics
Radicalism and Lockean political theory
Conservative revolutionary or social democrat?
Locke and original sin
The claim to freedom of conscience : freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of worship
An evaluation of Locke's argument against persecution
"So vile and miserable an estate" : the problem of slavery in Locke's political thought
Early liberal roots of feminism : John Locke and the attack on patriarchy
Locke, liberalism, and the American revolution

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