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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in the terms, Honour thy father; so that not only the power and right of government
, but the form of the power governing, and the person having the power, are all
the ordinances of God. The first father had not only simply power, but power ...
through when he prophesieth.” Zech. xiii. 3. Here not the father only, but the
father and mother jointly, had power in this case of life and death. Thus ran the
law of the Old Testament, and in the New they are likewise joined, in the
obedience of ...
158: so that the mother having, by this law of God, a right to honour from her
children, which is not subject to the will of her husband, we see this “ absolute
monarchical power of the father” can neither be founded on it, nor consist with it;
and he ...
So that, according to our author's own doctrine, “Honour thy father and mother”
cannot possibly be understood of political ... whose fathers were under civil
govemment, and fellow-subjects with them in political societies; and to have bid
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