- Series: Hackett Classics
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (June 1, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915144867
- ISBN-13: 978-0915144860
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 202 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Second Treatise of Government (Hackett Classics)
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Macpherson provides for his readers a tightly written, meaty, and often invigorating critical assessment of Locke's argument. In it one finds some of the best of Macpherson's now famous criticism of liberal-democratic government. --Gregory E. Pyrcz in Canadian Philosophical Review
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Philosopher, son of a landsteward, was born at Wrington, near Bristol, and educated at Westminster School and Oxford. In 1660 Locke became lecturer on Greek, in 1662 on Rhetoric, and in 1664 he went as secretary to an Embassy to Brandenburg. While a student he turned from the subtleties of Aristotle and the schoolmen, had studied Descartes and Bacon. Then, becoming attracted to experimental science, studied medicine, and practiced a little in Oxford. His mind had been much exercised by questions of morals and government, and in 1667 he wrote his Essay on Toleration. If not a very profound or original philosopher Locke was a calm, sensible, and reasonable writer, and his books were very influential on the English thought of his day, as well as on the French philosophy of the next century. His style is plain and clear, but lacking in brightness and variety.
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Published Everyman Library... Best books ever written at lowest possible price that everyone should read.
When Monarchs ruled the world they wanted God's approval and used the likes of Sir Robert Filmer to twisted the Bible and justify tyranny.
Two Treatises demolished the divine right of rulers. It is an exhaustive analysis that silences every possible argument by the Bible.
The book shows we are designed by God to be free..... Topics: property rights, rights of women & children, the need for economic prosperity for society, need for separation of powers.
America is free in part because of John Locke's courage. He was an inspiration for The Declaration of Independence, and other founding documents.
John Locke shows the importance of not letting our freedom erode away bit by bit. Freedom is not free, it has to be safeguarded and defended.
Reading this book to exercising your mind. He is brilliant. Everyone needs this knowledge to defend our God given freedom.