Two Treatises of Government by John Locke

Two Treatises of Government

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TitleTwo Treatises of Government
Release DateOct 28th, 1988
PublisherCambridge University Press
GenrePhilosophy, Politics, Nonfiction, Classics, History

Reviews Two Treatises of Government

  • Kenghis Khan
    Those of us living in liberal democracies owe tremendous intellectual debt to John Locke. His "Second Treatise" in particular helped lay the foundation for a political system that emphasized "life, liberty, and property." The First Treatise is interesting to skim through, though it is in the second where the Locke is most substantive. His Theory of Private Property, which could also be construed as a theory of value, is an unmistakable revolution...
  • Pinkyivan
    Inoffensive, agreeable, well written, but also rather dull and useless.
  • Robert Owen
    As its title states, John Locke’s “Two Treatises on Government” are two separate treatments on the basis of just and legitimate government; the first of which is structured as a rebuttal to the notion, as articulated in Robert Filmer’s “Patriarcha, or The Natural Power of Kings”, of monarchical power authorized by “divine right” whereas the second is a positive articulation of concepts and principles locating the source of authori...
  • Steven Peterson
    John Locke's major work of political philosophy is often referred to as a major source for the Declaration of Independence, The Second Treatise of Civil Government. This work, authored in 1690, is a major statement of liberalism. Like Thomas Hobbes, Locke begins with humans living in a state of nature, a situation before the development of the state and government. The Lockeian state of nature was not an unpleasant place. Human reason led people ...
  • Thomas Mick
    One of the volumes that helped our founders form the Republic in the Convention of 1787. I highly recommend that anyone who wishes to understand what principle we started out to live under were and therefore better understand what we've become in ignorance of them.
  • Lovely Fortune
    Definitely shows some very fundamental ideas that have shaped our country to this day! I had to read this for class, heavily focusing more so on the Second Treatise. Although, I didn't read the entire thing, what we did read consisted of things I mostly agreed with (inalienable rights and whatnot). Following this up after reading Leviathan was a bit boring, though. I had more fun disagreeing with Hobbes, than I did agreeing with Locke.
  • Diem
    This is not the first time I've signed this book's dance card but it is the first time that I've read the first treatise. It is an energetic decimating of the political theory of someone that no one cares about anymore. That's how bad the theory was. And I have to say that I'm not sure it was the best use of Locke's time and effort to debunk it. But perhaps that's just the perspective of time speaking. I didn't mind the read, though. Locke is som...
  • Drpsychorat
    This book is a must read for understanding social contract theory. Although it is not my cup of tea, it does confront a great many current political issues that were also present in the 17th century. I also liked Locke's. emphasis that government is meant to be supportive of the public & their rights, not the rights of the politicians or corporations. This book is a must read for understanding social contract theory. Although it is not my cup o...
  • Simon
    A great work of political philosophy. Less 'revolutionary' than I thought it would be. And less 'liberal' than I thought it would be.
  • Marc
    A basic work in political theory and the growth of democracy in the West. Not Always very clear thinking, and not Always very consistent (e.g. no tolerance for catholics).
  • Kati
    Had to read this for one of my classes this semester, if you guys wonder...*hides in a corner*
  • Asad Baig
    Parsing this carefully is exhilarating. At least it was for me. Must reading.
  • Ryan
    Locke was a monstrous evil that made the world a far worse place. He was really clever tho
  • Patty
    yes . . . ive read it, and you should too . . . this dude was thomas jefferson's BFF!!!!
  • Cagri Ustaoglu
    This text covers a lot of ground in political thought. From the definition of natural law, to autonomy, to property rights and firstly should be read by anyone who is interested in this field of history or politics. However, the fact that the context of Locke’s writing is in such a tumultuous and exciting period of British history, makes it an even more fascinating read for me, and I would recommend others who are interested in this period to g...
  • Arno Mosikyan
    that in a Book,15 which was to provide Chains for all Mankind, I should find nothing but a Rope of Sand, useful perhaps to such, whose Skill and Business it is to raise a Dust, and would blind the People, the better to mislead them,Though the Earth, and all inferior Creatures be common to all Men, yet every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may sa...
  • Jonathan
    7/10"The main end of government is the protection of property."In this book, Locke gives two treatise on government, this first as a response to Robert Filmers argument for the divine right of kings, and the second, to set up how he believes governance comes about, and what its limits are. The first TreatiseEssentially Locke dismantles any semblance of argument for the divine right of kings by interacting directly with Filmer (who he appears to g...
  • Peter Tasich
    Two Treatises of GovernmentBy: John Locke “Slavery is so vile and miserable an estate of man, and so directly opposite to the generous temper and courage of our nation, that it is hardly to be conceived that an Englishman, much less a gentleman, should plead for it.” Revolutionary words proclaimed by whom that is conceived in great intelligence and liberal thought. Two Treatises of Government is an essay regarding problematic issues that cont...
  • Michael G
    Listened to a Librivox recording. Featured some very strong readers (all of book one was read with passion and eloquence) aside from about 3 chapters which were nearly unlistenable. It's easy enough to find this text online, so I read through the unlistenable chapters and went on my way. While the second treatise still raises some interesting questions concerning consent and government, I anticipate the first treatise will be nigh unreadable for ...
  • John Lucy
    It goes without saying that it is worthwhile to read these treatises for historical and philosophical background for much of Western government, particularly the United States's constitution. For that purpose, the second treatise in particular, which is a companion piece to the first, is useful. The first treatise is mostly only a refutation of an idea that many today would be entirely unfamiliar with, that all naturally ordained government is mo...
  • John
    In the first treatise, Locke goes against Sir Robert Filmer who wrote a book defending monarchy via scripture, giving the king a scriptural claim to power. Locke uses scripture against him to show that Filmer is mistaken, and ends up defending the individual(or in the sense of family, the parents) as the one with legitimate power over his own life. IT's more theology than political philosophy, so it is understandably not going home as an argument...
  • Andonu R.
    Seriously? An old male, with political rights, in a period when only few had those, will tell us about freedom? I quote from this:When you hear “founding fathers”, it can’t end well. It only suggests a different kind of nationalism: “patriotism” they call it. It’s like LGBTQIetc. (ch. 5) in the place of binary identifications: it’s still identities. Why care? Why care where you live, or about names? We’re talking about 19th and 18...
  • Cole Trent
    Great read with a deep modern relevance. John Locke has an eloquent way of explaining things that that we inhabitants of modern day western society seem to take for granted. You may read these books and think to yourself "How stupidly obvious! Why is he going to such great lengths to explain things which are so commonly known?" but soon you begin to understand that, in the days of the enlightenment, a time of monarchies and auto-da-fés, putting ...
  • Mike Bloom
    Obviously one of the primary bases for Thomas Jefferson's thinking in writing the Declaration of Independence. In fact, "a long train of abuses" comes directly from the final chapter of the second treatise in this book. This is the second book of 17th century political philosophy that I have read with the specific motive of further understanding the thinking underlying the framing of the Constitution of the United States. Like "Leviathan," this b...
  • Kien Pham
    Many of the concepts here may appear obvious, for Locke himself, in writing this, laid the concrete and complex foundation for which liberal democracies became. It is certainly interesting, albeit controversial now, how he based the creation of a republican government upon family ties and values. Locke’s emphasis on preservation of property and will of the people is admirable indeed, yet can make way for majority rule and populist politics.Oh l...
  • Eric Feller
    This is obviously not going to keep you awake at night in terms of riveting content and you know what to expect, but it's amazing that this content was written in the 17th century before The Revolution. I read this book to get a better idea of how this influenced Jefferson and his writings for The Declaration. Something else to consider is that this writing was published pre-Age of Enlightenment. Locke is certainly an underrated character in rega...
  • Paul
    A lot of it is wasted on pointless argumentation about what exactly does the Bible say about the right to rule. There's a lot of Bible quoting and it doesn't get sensible until halfway through. The rest of it is groundbreaking nevertheless quite common sense nowadays. Except the bit about rulers not being allowed to appoint other rulers who were not elected directly by the people and ceding any law making power to them. Sounds like what is annoyi...
  • CuriousKey
    The first treatise is a clear and insightful criticism of Monarchy via Divine Right that splits the argument up into its constituent parts, refuting them in turn.The second treatise is Locke's vision of a society that operates on the fundamental principles of liberty, with all power vested in government existing with the consent of the populace via a social contract.Overall, a fantastically written couple of essays, and a good introduction to ear...