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Locke’s Political Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Alex Tuckness on October 6, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] John Locke (1632 - 1704) is among the most influential political philosophers of the modern period. In the Two Treatises of Government, he defended the claim that men are by nature free and equal against claims that God had made all people naturally subject to a monarch. He argued that people have rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, that have a foundation independent of the laws of any particular society. Locke used the claim that men are naturally free and equal as part of the justification for...

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