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The Selected Political Writings of John Locke (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – May 19, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0393964516 ISBN-10: 0393964515

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  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393964515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393964516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul E. Sigmund is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideologies of the Developing Nations, Natural Law in Political Thought, The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile, and Liberation Theology at the Crossroads. He is the translator and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C Brunner on April 24, 2006
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John Locke has more influence on Western political culture than just providing Jefferson with his ideas and words for the Declaration of independence. Through his writings, particularly through his Second Treatise and Social Contract, he defines what it means to be civilized.

Combatants and non-combatants, criminals and soldiers, he presents a clarity that is missing in today's political world. If only our political leaders, and members of the press would read Locke . . there would be less ambiguity on who is and who is not deserving of our attention. As an example, non-combatants have never given their permission to be a potential target, and anyone not respecting this fact is a criminal. Period.

Some of his writings may no longer be relevant, such as his arguments against divine rights of kings, and he may be too idealistic in his expectations that people will only take what they need, but he was writing over 300 years ago, within a political climate quite different than at the present time, and at least some of his remarks should be placed in this perspective.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Stokes on November 22, 2007
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Locke's work remains of enduring value. The accompanying academic writings are incisive, providing a variety of perspectives from different theoretical biases. This comprehensive work offers the solid base for a mature appreciation of Locke's accomplishments and weaknesses.

That said, the book suffers from two grievous flaws. First, the font is exceptionally small; get high-powered reading glasses. Second, and more damning -- especially for a compendium, there is no table of contents. This reflects poorly upon the publisher. For those reasons, I knock off the stars.

Content - 5 stars
Presentation - 2 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Micah J. Watson on May 18, 2011
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Paul Sigmund brings over a half-century of scholarly and classroom experience to this fine selected edition of Locke's works. Not only does he offer the reader substantive portions of Locke's major works, this edition also includes meaty selections from Locke's Locke's lesser known works as well as entries from other luminaries that influenced Locke's thought and times (Grotius, Hooker, Hobbes, etc.). Perhaps most unique is Sigmund's inclusion of several works by various Locke scholars which present the student with some of the various ways in which Locke has been interpreted. Finally, Sigmund's introduction is itself indispensable for newcomers and Locke veterans alike (full disclosure: while now a professor, I studied under Sigmund and thus can affirm his book is helpful both for the student and the scholar).

Finally, to briefly address two criticisms made in another review, the book most certainly DOES have a thorough and helpful table of contents from pages v-viii. It may not be visible on Amazon but it is in the book. As for the print being too small, this Norton edition, while helpful for Locke readers of all levels, is particularly meant to be useful for college students. Such students not only have sharper eyesight than those of us a bit older, but they also appreciate the additional content they get per page for their dollar.

Locke remains a crucial figure for understanding the origins of liberal government, modernity, and the American experiment in ordered liberty. He is a fascinating figure, and Paul Sigmund is an exemplary guide to his work.
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By fooey on March 19, 2013
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Locke's writings covered many diverse topics from religiion to the origin of government and the most favorable of governmental forms,
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