John Locke (Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers)
By: Eric Mack (author)Paperback
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John Locke (1632-1704), one of the great philosophers, is probably best known for his contributions to political thought. In this outstanding volume, Eric Mack explains Locke's philosophical position, placing it in the tumultuous political and religious context of 17th century England. For Locke, entering into political society did not involve giving up one's natural rights, but rather transferring to governmental authority the job of protecting those rights. In this rigorous critical analysis, Mack argues that Locke provides an impressive - if not decisive - philosophical case for the view that individuals have natural rights to life, liberty and property, despite the existence or actions of any political authority.
Eric Mack is Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University, USA, and the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals on libertarian philosophy.
Part I. Intellectual Biography \ 1. The Historical and Ideological Context of Locke's Political Philosophy \ Part II. Critical Exposition \ 2. Natural Freedom, Natural Law, and Natural Rights \ 3. More State of Nature Rights \ 4. From the State of Nature to the State \ 5. Conquest, Resistance, and Dissolution \ 6. Locke on Toleration \ Part III. Reception and Contemporary RElevance \ 7. The Reception and Philosophical Legacy of Locke's Political Philosophy \ Bibliography \ Index
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