John Locke

Stephen Buckle

in Natural Law and the Theory of Property

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680304 | DOI:

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John Locke

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This chapter begins with a discussion of John Locke's views on natural law. Locke's account of the basic features of natural law is in general agreement with the views of Grotius and Pufendorf, if in some respects a little more cautious and reserved. He affirms, against the Carneadean sceptic, that there is a natural law, a non-arbitrary law grounded (if not ultimately grounded) in human nature. Human nature is a rational nature, so the law can also be said to be a dictate of right reason, as long as this is understood to mean that reason searches out or interprets the law — it does not invent it or dictate what it must be. The chapter then considers Locke's account of property and its origins through an examination of his views on natural law.

Keywords: natural law; property; law of nature

Chapter.  29292 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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