This essential volume features John Locke's hand-corrected text with an outstanding introduction to Locke's life and role in intellectual history, his principal works, and their purpose. Written by the editor, Richard Cox, the introduction also outlines the course of both treatises of government and analyzes the problems of interpretation. Also included are a list of the principal dates in the life of John Locke as well as a selected bibliography.
John Locke FRS was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism." Richard H. Cox is the author of Second Treatise of Government: An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent and End of Civil Government, published by Wiley.
Introduction vii Note on the Text xlv Principal dates xlvii Second Treatise of Government I. (Summary of the First Treatise) 1 II. Of the State of Nature 3 III. Of the State of War 11 IV. Of Slavery 15 V. Of Property 17 VI. Of Paternal Power 32 VII. Of Political or Civil Society 47 VIII. Of the Beginning of Political Societies 58 IX. Of the Ends of Political Society and Government 75 X. Of the Forms of a Commonwealth 79 XI. Of the Extent of the Legislative Power 81 XII. Of the Legislative, Executive, and Federative Power of the Commonwealth 89 XIII. Of the Subordination of the Powers of the Commonwealth 92 XIV. Of Prerogative 99 XV. Of Paternal, Political and Despotical Power, Considered Together 105 XVI. Of Conquest 109 XVII. Of Usurpation 121 XVIII. Of Tyranny 123 XIX. Of the Dissolution of Government 130 Bibliography 149