Jeremy Waldron, one of the leading political philosophers of our time, looks at the principle of equality in the thought of John Locke, and the extent to which this is grounded in Christian principles. Throughout the text, Waldron discusses contemporary approaches to equality and rival interpretations of Locke, making his book unusually accessible and intellectually exciting. It will be of interest to philosophers, political theorists, lawyers and theologians around the world. Jeremy Waldron is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor at Columbia Law School and Director of Columbia's Center for Law and Philosophy. Waldron has taught and lectured at UC Berkeley, Princeton University, Edinburgh University, Oxford University and Cambridge University. His books include The Dignity of Legislation (Cambridge, 1999), The Right to Private Property (Oxford, 1988) and The Law (Routledge, 1990). Waldron contributes to the London Review of Books and the New York Times Book Review.
'Waldron's scholarly abilities and empathy for his subject are everywhere apparent in this nuanced study ... This book can serve as a model for those who specialize in the discipline of analytical political and legal theory ... Waldron's study of Locke is lucid and well-organized ...'. Donald J. Dietrich, Boston College '... lucid and highly engaging ... complex yet accessible ... Other books have stressed the role of religion in Locke's political thought, but none has demonstrated the enduring philosophical relevance and integrity of Locke's religious views as convincingly as Waldron's. Its bold and intriguing insights urge us to rethink the place of religion within liberalism.' History of Political Thought