Locke's Two Treatises of Government


Locke's Two Treatises


  • Intro

    The writings of philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) have had a profound effect on Western ideas of political and human rights. Locke proposed that all human beings are created free and equal, that all individuals have a right to life, liberty and property, that there should be religious tolerance and that a government should be based on popular consent.


    Through the mid-1600s, when England had been rocked by civil war, the King was executed, a republic established and monarchy restored, many people had to think hard about the true nature of an individual’s rights and freedoms. But the Age of Enlightenment had yet to dawn, and those who promoted their ideas about rights and freedoms would find their lives in danger. It was not until after the Revolution of 1688 and the Bill of Rights that thinkers felt sufficiently free to express their views without fear of persecution.


    Shelfmark: C.107.e.89, tp.

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