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Locke's Second treatise of government : a reader's guide

Author: P J Kelly
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2007.
Series: Continuum reader's guides.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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 toward a thorough understanding of often demanding material. Ideal for undergraduate students, the guides provide an essential resource for anyone who needs to get to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kelly, P.J. (Paul Joseph).
Locke's Second treatise of government.
London ; New York : Continuum, 2007
(DLC) 2007018555
Named Person: John Locke
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: P J Kelly
ISBN: 9781441144188 1441144188
OCLC Number: 741690864
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 164 p.)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Locke's Second treatise in context --
The life and times of John Locke --
The political and philosophical context of the Second treatise --
Overview and key themes --
The Second treatise in Locke's philosophy --
Key themes --
Reading the text --
Getting started: the problem of absolutism --
From the First treatise to the Second treatise --
The state of nature --
Equality --
Freedom --
The law of nature --
Right and duty to punish: executive power of the law of nature --
Natural rights --
State of nature, history and realism --
The state of war and slavery --
War --
Slavery --
Private property --
Self-ownership --
Original acquisition --
World ownership and equality --
The invention of money --
Property and colonial acquisition --
Patriarchal power and the family --
The status of children --
The duty of parents and the role of the family --
The obligations of children and parents --
The conjugal or sexual contract --
The origins of political society --
The original contract --
The second stage agreement and the role of majorities --
The problem of consent --
The Lockean state --
Legislative power --
Executive power --
Prerogative --
Conquest, tyranny and the dissolution of the state --
Conquest --
Usurpation --
Tyranny, rebellion and resistance --
When to rebel and resist? --
Reception and influence --
Locke's influence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries --
History, religion and Locke: contemporary interpretations of Locke --
Locke, property and contemporary liberalism --
Notes --
Further reading --
Bibliography --
Series Title: Continuum reader's guides.
Responsibility: Paul Kelly.


John Locke's "Second Treatise of Government" is one of the most influential texts in the history of political theory. Part of the Continuum's "Reader's Guides", this book offers an account of this  Read more...
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