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.