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  • May 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-96451-6
  • 448 pages
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The Selected Political Writings of John Locke

Norton Critical Editions

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John Locke (Author), Paul E. Sigmund (Editor, Princeton University)

 

John Locke’s revolutionary writings created a sea change in political theory and, eventually, in liberal democracy in practice.

His political thought inspired and helped to justify the American Revolution and deeply influenced the American constitution, and his arguments in favor of human rights, political equality, and government by consent are now accepted worldwide.

This comprehensive collection is the only student edition of Locke’s writings that includes, in addition to his pioneering political texts, selections from his ethical, epistemological, and religious writings.

"Sources" includes writings by the major political theorists who influenced Locke, including Richard Hooker, Hugo Grotius, and Thomas Hobbes.

Twenty-one "Interpretations" cover the major critical comments and controversies surrounding Locke’s political thought, including work by Leo Strauss, C. B. Macpherson, Alan Ryan, Ruth Grant, and Jeremy Waldron.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.

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    The Texts of The Selected Political Writings of John Locke

    1. The First Treatise of Civil Government
      1. Nos. 1, 3, 23, 33, 40–48, 56, 58, 66, 86–87, 89–94
    2. The Second Treatise
    3. A Letter concerning Toleration

    Contexts

    1. Essays on the Law of Nature
    2. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
    3. The Reasonableness of Christianity

    Sources

    1. Richard Hooker, [The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity]
    2. Hugo Grotius, [On the Law of War and Peace]
    3. Thomas Hobbes, [Leviathan]
    4. Samuel Pufendorf, [On the Law of Nature and Nations]
    5. Robert Filmer, [Patriarcha]

    Interpretations

    LOCKE AS HOBBESIAN HEDONIST

    1. Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History
    2. John Yolton, Locke on the Law of Nature
    3. A. John Simmons, The Lockean Theory of Rights

    LOCKE AS APOLOGIST FOR CAPTIALISM

    1. C.B. Macpherson, [Locke and Possessive Individualism]
    2. Alan Ryan, Locke and the Dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie

    EQUALITY AND MAJORITY RULE IN LOCKE

    1. Jeremy Waldron, [Locke’s Discussion of Property]
    2. Paul E. Sigmund, Equality, Legitimacy, and Majority Rule in Locke: Continuity and Change

    LOCKE AS COLLECTIVIST

    1. James Tully, Property and Obligation
    2. Jeremy Waldron, [God and Equality]

    LOCKE AS ATOMISITC INSTRUMENTALIST

    1. Charles Taylor, [The “Punctual” Self: Locke and Atomistic Instrumentalism]
    2. Ruth Grant, [Locke’s Political Anthropology and Lockean Individualism]

    CONSENT AND REPRESENTATION

    1. A. John Simmons, [The Meaning of Consent in Locke]
    2. Geraint Parry, [Locke on Representation]

    LOCKE AS REVOLUTIONARY

    1. Richard Ashcraft, [Radicalism and Lockean Political Theory]
    2. Mark Goldie, [Conservative Revolutionary or Social Democrat]

    RELIGION AND POLITICS

    1. W.M. Spellman, [Locke and Original Sin]
    2. John Dunn, [Freedom of Worship]
    3. David Wootton, [An Evaluation of Locke’s Argument Against Persecution]

    LOCKE ON WOMEN AND SLAVERY

    1. James Farr, The Problem of Slavery in Locke’s Political Thought
    2. Melissa Butler, Early Liberal Roots of Feminism: John Locke and the Attack On Patriarchy

    LOCKE IN AMERICA

    1. Steven Dworetz, [Locke, Liberalism, and the American Revolution]

    Selected Bibliography