EPZ Locke's 'Second Treatise of Government' A Reader's Guide

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-29
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Continuum's Reader's Guides are clear, concise and accessible introductions to classic works of philosophy. Each book explores the major themes, historical and philosophical context and key passages of a major philosophical text, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of often demanding material. Ideal for undergraduate students, the guides provide an essential resource for anyone who needs to get to grips with a philosophical text.

Author Biography

Paul Kelly is Professor of Political Theory at the London School of Economics, UK

Table of Contents

Key Textp. 1
Locke's Second Treatise in Contextp. 2
The life and times of John Lockep. 2
The political and philosophical context of the Second Treatisep. 6
Overview and Key Themesp. 13
The Second Treatise in Locke's philosophyp. 13
Key themesp. 19
Reading the Textp. 21
Getting started - the problem of absolutismp. 21
From the First Treatise to the Second Treatisep. 22
The State of Naturep. 26
Equalityp. 29
Freedomp. 33
The Law of Naturep. 36
Right and duty to punish - Executive power of the Law of Naturep. 40
Natural Rightsp. 44
State of Nature, history and realismp. 51
The State of War and slaveryp. 53
Warp. 54
Slaveryp. 56
Private propertyp. 60
Self-ownershipp. 64
Original acquisitionp. 68
World ownership and equalityp. 72
The invention of moneyp. 77
Property and colonial acquisitionp. 79
Patriarchal power and the familyp. 81
The status of childrenp. 82
The duty of parents and the role of the familyp. 85
The obligations of children and parentsp. 87
The conjugal or sexual contractp. 90
The origins of political societyp. 95
The original contractp. 96
The second stage agreement and the role of majoritiesp. 101
The problem of consentp. 104
The Lockean statep. 112
Legislative powerp. 115
Executive powerp. 117
Prerogativep. 120
Conquest, tyranny and the dissolution of the statep. 122
Conquestp. 124
Usurpationp. 127
Tyranny, rebellion and resistancep. 128
When to rebel and resist?p. 132
Reception and Influencep. 138
Locke's influence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuriesp. 138
History, religion and Locke - contemporary interpretations Lockep. 143
Locke, property and contemporary liberalismp. 149
Notesp. 153
Further Readingp. 156
Bibliographyp. 158
Indexp. 161
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