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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... which can never be justified or even, ultimately, successful because authentic religious belief requires “inward persuasion of the mind.
... the picture in the front of the book, and the applause that followed it, required me to believe that the author and publisher were both in earnest.
... this his main supposition would have been proved and established with all that evidence of arguments that such a fundamental tenet required; ...
... this passage than the weightiness of any argument in it seems to require: but I have unavoidably been engaged in it by our author's way of writing, who, ...
... by withholding that relief God requires him to afford to the wants of his brother, than he that has more strength can seize upon a weaker, master him to ...