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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Locke Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452671420
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Often considered the foundation of political liberalism, John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government was first published anonymously in 1689, in the wake of England’s Glorious Revolution. In The First Treatise of Government, Locke refutes the idea of divine monarchy, while The Second Treatise of Government articulates Locke’s philosophy of government, which he based upon his theories of natural rights and the social contract. In Locke’s view, governments’ legitimacy is based upon their performance of their proper functions—preservation of the life, liberty, and property rights of their citizens and protection from those who seek to violate these rights.

A radical doctrine at the time of its publication, Locke’s theories provided a philosophical basis for many of the principles behind the American Revolution. More than 300 years after the publication of the Two Treatises of Government, Locke’s ideas continue to spark debate. A must-listen for anyone interested in the foundations of contemporary political ideology, Locke’s hugely influential work will retain its relevance for generations to come.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry Fenn | 2/11/2014

    " pursuit of PROPERTY, not happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bima Manggala putra | 12/25/2013

    " been dead for centuries, still teach me something "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rivera | 12/13/2013

    " One of the most important in influential thinkers which has helped foster both the founding of the United States and modern libertarianism. There are many places to begin for such students, and Locke is among the best of places to begin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty | 10/26/2013

    " I had always wanted to read this and finally did. Understanding Locke is essential to understanding the ideas of the Founding Fathers. The Second is the more important of the treatises and clarifies what Jefferson was thinking as he wrote the Declaration of Independence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 9/21/2013

    " astounding. A biblical and systematic look at how government should be run. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Carpenter | 9/3/2013

    " This is pretty good as far as writing goes, but the foundation of his theory is faulty. No one can deny that it is one of the most important books in shaping of American history, but its premises leave something to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. Alfred | 10/17/2012

    " Well, grad school is either going to educate me or kill me, I guess. Also, is it just me or was everyone in the seventeeth century wildly brilliant? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 7/18/2011

    " A wily fellow. All this talk of lyons and state of nature as mischievously different state of war. While I can't say I enjoyed the first treatise too much, this second one certainly seems to be onto something. Lovely and Monstrously devious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 7/9/2011

    " An important book, but frankly overrated as an influence on the framing of the American Republic. More an influence of later political movements within the US, not so much of the foundation of the nation, despite what revisionists may claim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackson | 3/15/2011

    " A good response to an interesting issue. Locke is cogent and articulate, as well as a pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/25/2011

    " A facinating perspectve? More to follow... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/8/2009

    " This book made going to college worth it. I love John Locke. I love the Second Treatise. Political philosophy makes me swoon. "

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About the Author
Author John Locke

John Locke (1632–1704) was a British political philosopher who is often cited as the father of political liberalism. He studied medicine at Oxford University and became closely associated with the Earl of Shaftesbury, whose life he saved with a skillful operation. His best known works include A Letter Concerning Toleration, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and Two Treatises of Government. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists and one of the most influential of the Enlightenment thinkers, his work was hugely important in the development of the social contract theory of government and influenced such later philosophers as Voltaire, Rousseau, Hume, and Kant. Two Treatises of Government in particular informed many of the principles behind the American Revolution, and its influence can particularly be seen in the Declaration of Independence.

About the Narrator

James Langton is an actor and narrator who has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, winning multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As a voice-over artist, he has worked with a host of industrial and commercial clients including Geico, Johnson&Johnson, and ask.com. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.