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John Locke’s <i>Two Treatises of Government</i>

A. John Simmons

in The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199549993
Published online August 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199549993.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government

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This chapter examines John Locke's work entitled Two Treatises of Government. It suggests that this work helped revitalize the social contract tradition by extending the elements of Calvinist political thought, and expanded the modern natural law tradition of Hugo Grotius and Samuel von Pufendorf. The chapter also contends that this work represents Locke's defense of his political philosophy and of the Whig political principles.

Keywords: Two Treatises; John Locke; social contract; Calvinist political thought; natural law; Hugo Grotius; Samuel von Pufendorf; political philosophy; political principles

Article.  10067 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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