Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration
Two of Locke’s most mature and influential political writings and three brilliant interpretive essays combined in an outstanding volume
"The new standard edition of Locke for students of political theory. Dunn, Grant, and Shapiro combine authoritative historical scholarship and contemporary political theory to give us Locke for our time."—Elisabeth H. Ellis, Texas A&M University
Among the most influential writings in the history of Western political thought, John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration remain vital to political debates today, more than three centuries after they were written. The complete texts appear in this volume, accompanied by interpretive essays by three prominent Locke scholars. Ian Shapiro’s introduction places Locke’s political writings in historical and biographical context. John Dunn explores both the intellectual context in which Locke wrote the Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration and the major interpretive controversies surrounding their meaning. Ruth Grant offers a comprehensive discussion of Locke’s views on women and the family, and Shapiro contributes an essay on the democratic elements of Locke’s political theory. Taken together, the texts and essays in this volume offer invaluable insights into the history of ideas and the enduring influence of Locke’s political thought.
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Moreover, commingling earthly religious authority with political absolutism creates the danger that civil authority will try to tyrannize over the soul, ...
... let the laws by which they are constituted and are to govern, and the conditions under which they enter upon their authority, be what they will; ...
And this authority of parents he calls “royal authority,” p. I 2, I4, “ fatherly authority, right of fatherhood,” p. I2, 20. One would have thought he would ...
8, and by a victory over him establishes his fatherly authority beyond any question. Bellarrnine being routed by his own confession, p.
Let us then endeavour to find what account he gives us of this fatherly authority, as it lies scattered in the several parts of his writin gs.