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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John Dunn is Fellow of King's College and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Cambridge. Ruth W. Grant is Professor of Political Science at ...
When canonized texts are works of political theory, it is usually because they are thought to illuminate enduring fundamentals of political association.
Just as the exact role of Locke's ideas in English politics of the 1680s ... does the nature and extent of his influence in subsequent political conflicts, ...
very last years that he began to allow the political writings to be attributed to him, and then only among a small group of close acquaintances.
political document, geared to expanding toleration for Protestant nonconformists while denying it to Catholics — scarcely a surprising move in light of not ...