Two Treatises of Government

Original material by John Locke
Edited by George Smith and Wendy McElroy
Read by Craig Deitschmann with a supporting cast

The Giants of Political Thought Series

2.70 Hours 04/07/2006 unabridged
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Two Treatises of Government is the most famous and influential defense of limited government ever published. Written during a period of increasing opposition to the restored English monarchy, this work was published anonymously in 1689. It is a classic account of natural rights, social contract, government by consent, and the right of revolution. This presentation discusses the life of John Locke, the evolution of his ideas, and the political conflicts in seventeenth-century England which led to the writing of Two Treatises of Government. The famous Second Treatise, which contains Locke’s central ideas on rights, government, and revolution, is examined in detail. Special attention is given to Locke’s theory of private property, which has influenced law and government for over two centuries. The Giants of Political Thought series is an easy and entertaining way to broaden your mind and your awareness of great ideas.

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Two Treatises of Government is the most famous and influential defense of limited government ever published. Written during a period of increasing opposition to the restored English monarchy, this work was published anonymously in 1689. It is a classic account of natural rights, social contract, government by consent, and the right of revolution.

This presentation discusses the life of John Locke, the evolution of his ideas, and the political conflicts in seventeenth-century England which led to the writing of Two Treatises of Government. The famous Second Treatise, which contains Locke’s central ideas on rights, government, and revolution, is examined in detail. Special attention is given to Locke’s theory of private property, which has influenced law and government for over two centuries.

The Giants of Political Thought series is an easy and entertaining way to broaden your mind and your awareness of great ideas.

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Author Bio: John Locke

John Locke, FRS (1632–1704) was an influential English philosopher and physician widely known as the father of classical liberalism. The son of an attorney in a middle-class family, Locke attended Oxford and studied medicine. The first earl of Shaftesbury introduced Locke to the world of politics, and early in their association, Locke served as secretary of the Board of Trade and Plantations and secretary to the Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas. In 1696, Locke was made Commissioner of Trade, a position he held for several years. His most well-known works include Two Treatises on Government (1689) and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690).

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 2.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English