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Second Treatise of Government : Hackett Classics - John Locke

Second Treatise of Government

Hackett Classics

Paperback Published: 1st January 1980
ISBN: 9780915144860
Number Of Pages: 148

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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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Macpherson provides for his readers a tightly written, meaty, and often invigorating critical assessment of Locke's argument. In it one finds some of the best of Macpherson's now famous criticism of liberal-democratic government. --Gregory E. Pyrcz in Canadian Philosophical Review

Introductionp. vii
Selected Bibliographyp. xxiii
Note on the Textp. xxvii
The Second Treatise of Government: An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Governmentp. 1
p. 3
Of the State of Naturep. 4
of the State of Warp. 11
Of Slaveryp. 15
Of Paternal Powerp. 16
Of Political or Civil Societyp. 30
Of the Beginning of Political Societiesp. 44
Of the Ends of Political Society and Governmentp. 54
Of the Forms of a Commonwealthp. 70
Of the Extent of the Legislative Powerp. 73
Of the Legislative, Executive, and Federative Power of the Commonwealthp. 75
Of the Subordination of the Powers of the Commonwealthp. 82
Of Prerogativep. 84
Of Paternal, Political, and Despotical Power Considered Togetherp. 91
Of Conquestp. 96
Of Usurpationp. 99
Of Tyrannyp. 112
Of the Dissolution of Governmentp. 119
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ISBN: 9780915144860
ISBN-10: 0915144867
Series: Hackett Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 1st January 1980
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.14

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