ISBN 9781846841743,RG Readers Guides: Lockes Second Treatise of Government

RG Readers Guides: Lockes Second Treatise of Government



Continuum International Publishing Group

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9781846841743

ISBN-10 1846841747

Paper Back

Number of Pages 170 Pages
Language (English)

Political Science

Continuum's Reader's Guides are clear, concise accessible introductions to classic works of philosophy. Each book explores the major themes, historical and philosophical context and key passages of a major philosophical text, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of often demanding material. Ideal for undergraduate students, the guides provide an essential resource for anyone who needs to get to grips with a philosophical text.

John Locke's Second Treatise of Government is one of the most influential texts in the history of political theory. It is a staple of undergraduate courses throughout the English-speaking world and continues to inspire and inform contemporary debates in political philosophy.

This introduction to the text is the ideal companion to study, offering guidance on:

Philosophical and historical context
Sources and key themes
Reading the text
Reception and influence
Further reading
Table of contents

1. Locke's Second Treatise in Context: The life and times of John Locke

The political and philosophical context of the Second Treatise
2. Overview and Key Themes: The Second Treatise in Locke's philosophy

Key Themes
3. Reading the Text: Getting started - the problem of absolutism

The state of nature
Private property
Patriarchal power and the family
The origins of political society
The Lockean state
Conquest, tyranny and the dissolution of the state
4. Reception and Influence: Locke's influence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

History, religion and Locke - contemporary interpretations locks
Locke, property and contemporary liberalism
Further reading