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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, Wendy McElroy, George H. Smith Narrator: Craig Deitschmann Publisher: Knowledge Products Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giants of Political Thought Series Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Brimmer | 2/20/2014

    " Connect the dots and you are here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/11/2014

    " John Locke has an admirable way with snark. This was my first time reading the First Treatise, and I really did enjoy how diligently he took about Filmer's arguments, and how sarcastic the man was. The Second Treatise was more familiar turf, and perhaps less interesting because of it - but for setting the stage for the ways in which gender and civic identity would be the foundation of the United States at its inception, it's a beautiful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Rivera | 2/3/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Craig J. | 1/30/2014

    " Two Treatises of Government by John Locke (1988) "

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