Second Treatise of Government

Second Treatise of Government

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.

Title:Second Treatise of Government
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780915144860
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  • Tony

    100 things I’ve learned† from Ayn Rand'sJohn Locke’s “Second Treatise of Government”:1. God gave the world to Adam, and his successive heirs.2. Therefore, by the natural laws of succession (...

  • B. P. Rinehart

    "3. Political power, then, I take to be a right of making laws with penalties of death, and consequently all less penalties, for the regulating and preserving of [private] property, and of employing t...

  • Jeremy

    It feels sort of like Hobbes for optimists, except he places a much higher emphasis on personal vs. collective property rights, which comes across as the precursor to most of the capitalist-oriented d...

  • Beth

    This is Locke’s most famous political work, in which he explains the role of legitimate government and the basis for legitimate revolution. Locke argues that the people have the right to dissolve th...

  • Erik Graff

    This book was assigned reading for the "Social and Political Philosophy" class at Loyola University Chicago. It's a rewarding, yet easy, read.John Locke's Second Treatise has long been mentioned as a ...

  • Andrew

    Even if all of the concepts in this book are bullshit it is still an important read because powerful people thought it was important. I enjoy the idea that property is a product of labour, but it real...

  • Jacob Aitken

    A book much talked about (sometimes maligned) but rarely read. There are several good reasons, namely Locke articulates a rather clear and logically coherent theory of resistance--but more on that lat...

  • Martha

    The gist of Locke's political philosophy is amazing, especially in the context of when it was written, but I was disappointed with his fuzziness in a few areas:Property rights: What if property rights...

  • C

    Whether or not Hegel was right that history is inevitably moving in a positive direction, he was most assuredly right that History is moving a direction that can limelight past social contradictions. ...

  • Rashaan

    Job Title: Men of Industry Organization: Locke’s Utopia (as outlined in Second Treatise of Government) Location: The CommonwealthSalary: Depending on experience and circumstanceFT (+ over) Job Descr...