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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... fatherhood Of fatherhood and property considered together as fountains of sovereignty Of the conveyance of Adam's sovereign monarchical power Of monarchy, by inheritance from Adam Of the heir to Adam's monarchical power Who heir ?
... except only one, are all born slaves, and by divine right are subjects to Adam's right heir); as if they had designed to make war upon all government, and subvert the very foundations of human society, to serve their present turn.
And if God made all mankind slaves to Adam and his heirs, by giving Adam dominion over “ every living thing that moveth on the earth,” ch. i. 28, as our author would have it; methinks sir Robert should have carried his monarchical power ...
... or cession to his children, was abrogated, and a community of all things instituted between Noah and his sons — Noah was left the sole heir of the world; why should it be thought that God would disinherit him of his birth right, ...
... notion of any such “ private dominion of Adam” as I, when he says, “ God give us all things richly to enjoy ;” which he could not do, if it were all given away already to monarch Adam, and the monarchs his heirs and successors.