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John Locke (1632–1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (August 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486424642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486424644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Wheeler on December 11, 2010
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Human freedom espoused with forceful reasoning. Even though the work starts with religious presuppositions the arguments are just as valid for those espousing no religious viewpoint. This is a classic exposition of the cause of human freedom and should be read by all who value the ideals of the enlightenment and the right of all men to determine by popular approval their form of government.
Most notably, Locke states that religious associations exist by the voluntary assent of their members. A radical idea for the time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Bond on April 3, 2013
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John Locke is the greatest philosopher and political thoerist to ever live. He wrote 'The Second Treatise of Governmen,' which is his greatest work. Ipso facto, 'The Second Treatise of Government' is the greatest philosophical and political text ever written. So...read it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By grim norseman on September 10, 2011
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A short must read for anyone desiring to know what was bouncing around in the founding father's heads during the American revolution, and what philosophies inspired them to write the founding documents. So inexpensive, it can sit on your bookshelf while you read all of the writings we as Americans live by, which this book helped inspire. };>{>
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By msa117 on October 6, 2011
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Very good book if you need it for a college class or just learn about the law of nature. It is recycled and Eco-friendly!
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I purchased this book as I continue my study of the history of liberty. John Locke (1632-1704) was an Englishman who was one of the major figures in western governmental theory, and specifically, the concept of government by consent and refutation of the so-called "divine right of kings".
I purchased the 202 Dover Thrift Reprint edition of this little book, and it also included Locke's 1689 "A Letter Concerning Toleration".
The Treatise is a explanation of Locke's beliefs on liberty, monarchy, the origin of property rights, and government by consent of the people. Locke was read by some of America's Founders, and some of its ideas probably influenced Thomas Jefferson. Locke could be considered a proto-libertarian of sorts, although he did not take his theory of liberty as far Jefferson did -and certainly not as far as modern libertarians do. While Locke's work was very good (and daring) for the time period and political regime he lived under, his theory falls short of the ideals of the American revolution. Locke's Treatise was worth reading, and did provoke some thought on my part on one issue that I had not taken back to its base theory. As I am a "limited government libertarian" who supports the U.S. Constitution and Bill of rights, I believe that Locke left a bit too much power in the hands of the state.
I found it interesting that the phrase "an appeal to heaven", which was used by some American patriots on "pine tree" flags during the American Revolution, apparently originated in this book.
Locke's letter concerning religious toleration, originally published in 1689, was also worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob on February 12, 2014
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The book arrived in perfect condition and is exactly what I thought I was buying. Just ensure you want this particular version of this famous piece and you can't go wrong.
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This is where much of the wording and ideas of our Nation's Constitution came from. It's a very old use of the english language and tough to read, but very important. Heavy thoughts condensed into short paragraphs.
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very dry reading and also very profound, this book will change how you think about our god given rights, and about tolerance. even if you obly read a few pages, this will change how you think, forever. .
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