Second Treatise of Government

Second Treatise of Government

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The Second Treatise is one of the most important political treatises ever written and one of the most far-reaching in its influence.

In his provocative 15-page introduction to this edition, the late eminent political theorist C. B. Macpherson examines Locke's arguments for limited, conditional government, private property, and right of revolution and suggests reasons for the appeal of these arguments in Locke's time and since.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780915144860
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/1980
Series: Hackett Classics
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 46,457
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

John Locke (1632-1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.

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Second Treatise of Government 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
ghost8404 More than 1 year ago
The inspiration for the Founding Fathers can be found within this one book. The Declaration of Independence comes, nearly word for word, from this book. Anyone who wants to understand what the Founding Fathers had in mind when the Declaration was written, should read this book.
Jefjiljuljenjon More than 1 year ago
John Locke's writings were well-known by and had a major influence on America's founding fathers. The Second Treatise of Government sets forth Locke's analysis of the proper role of government as well as his clear critique of the claims supporting hereditary rule. This book describes the reasons why men choose to leave "the State of Nature" and enter into any form of government. Locke highlights the moral issues defining the relationships among men, and between men and the structure of government. This book is a must-read for those looking for insight into the philosophical moorings that shaped the founding of America and our unique Constitutional form of government.
Just_S More than 1 year ago
Locke's Second Treaties is the most profound & authoritative philosophical argument for a representative form of government. In less than 200 pages, Locke systematically describes the state of nature, the origins of personal property, currency, & society. All of which, according to Locke, facilitate the necessity of a social contract. An agreement designed to secure the safety, productivity, & continuation of human interaction. In simpler words, a government (i.e. a living body of laws). I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the study of Politics and/or Government. However, it is important to note that Locke's Second Treaties can be a difficult read. That is to say, that even an experienced reader would probably have to re-read several chapters in order to grasp their full meanings.
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cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the groundbreaking work of political philosophy that laid a philsophical framework for the existence of individual rights. Locke considers why people created government in the first place, using it as a basis to argue for a limited government with clear laws created to protect "life, liberty and property." Not exactly light reading for the poolside, but mandatory if you want to understand where the ideology of the US constitution came from.
Kade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Smaller than The Prince in length of pages but more broad than The Leviathan in terms of affirmative discussion of political structure. Whereas The Leviathan spends most of its time on the state of nature, and The Prince is antiquated in monarchy, Locke disposes with the state of nature quickly, and then discusses what we should do in terms of government. Read this if you can't stomach The Leviathan but have more intellectual interest than those who stop with The Prince. It's important that anybody who has any interest in American government have this on their shelves. A must for political scientists.
CentristFiasco More than 1 year ago
Brilliance at its Finest. Any American shall be mandated to read this fine piece of work to understand our System of Government and the Rights that we all take for granted today. It's time for a new change. It's time for a new revolution. A Liberty Revolution.- Joshua L.
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