Locke Political Essays

ISBN-10: 0521478618
ISBN-13: 9780521478618
Edition: 1997
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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

This collection of Locke's essays reveals the evolution of his ideas concerning the philosophical foundations of morality and sociability, the boundary of church and state, the shaping of constitutions, and the conduct of government and public policy.

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.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Principal events in Locke�s life
Further reading
A note on the selection
A note on the texts
Abbreviations and conventions
Major Essays: First Tract on Government (1660)
Second Tract on Government (c. 1662)
Essays on the Law of Nature (1663-4)
An Essay on Toleration (1667)
The Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina (1669)
An Essay on the Poor Law (1697)
seventy shorter essays and fragments on a wide range of subjects
Appendix: Extract from �Draft B� of Human Understanding (1671)
Extract from �A Letter from a Person of Quality� (1675)
Extract from �Study� (1677)
Extract from �Critical Notes on Stillingfleet� (1681)
Locke�s Reading List
Checklist of Lockeana in print
Bibliography
Index.

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