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Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration

John Locke
Edited by Mark Goldie

June 2016

ISBN: 9780198732440

256 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

Locke's Second Treatise is a classic of political philosophy. It helped entrench ideas of a social contract, human rights, and consent as guiding principles for modern Western democracy. His Letter calls for religious tolerance and separation of church and state. This edition offers an essential guide to these two foundational works.

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Locke's Second Treatise is a classic of political philosophy. It helped entrench ideas of a social contract, human rights, and consent as guiding principles for modern Western democracy. His Letter calls for religious tolerance and separation of church and state. This edition offers an essential guide to these two foundational works.

  • This highly approachable volume combines two of Western philosophy's greatest texts on just government and tolerance, issues at the forefront of modern debates on freedom and society.
  • Locke's Second Treatise of Government is one of the classics of political philosophy, and a foundational text of modern liberalism. Its theory of the just society is a timeless examinaiton of human nature.
  • A Letter Concerning Toleration has special relevance in today's multi-faith culture, and with regard to the relationship of religious institutions to the state.
  • This new edition considers the importance of Locke's texts and the contested nature of his reputation.
  • The text of the Second Treatise is that of 1714, the final edition to incorporate Locke's own amendments.

About the Author(s)

John Locke

Edited by Mark Goldie, University of Cambridge

Mark Goldie is a member of the editorial board of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke, and former editor of the Historical Journal. He has published extensively in the field of British political, religious, and intellectual history, 1650-1800. Among his edited volumes are The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700, The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought, Locke's Political Essays (Cambridge) and Selected Correspondence (Oxford).

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