John Locke's Liberalism

John Locke's Liberalism

by Ruth W. Grant


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In this work, Ruth W. Grant presents a new approach to John Locke's familiar works. Taking the unusual step of relating Locke's Two Treatises to his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Grant establishes the unity and coherence of Locke's political arguments. She analyzes the Two Treatises as a systematic demonstration of liberal principles of right and power and grounds it in the epistemology set forth in the Essay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226306087
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 08/27/1991
Edition description: 1
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ruth W. Grant is assistant professor of political science at Duke University.

Table of Contents

1. The Possibility of Political Theory
Two Kinds of Understanding
The Essay and the Two Treatises
The Application and the Foundation of Moral Knowledge
Moral Knowledge and Moral Freedom
Conclusion: Reason and Politics
2. Legitimate and Illegitimate Power: The Normative Theory
The Requirements of Political Theory
Legitimate and Illegitimate Power: The First Treatise
Legitimate and Illegitimate Power: The Second Treatise
3. Legitimate and Illegitimate Power: Practical Tests of the Normative Theory
4. Reason and Politics Reconsidered
Government as Judge
Reason, Freedom, Will
Conclusion: Locke and Liberal Theory

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