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Notes on Second Treatise of Government, by John Locke, chapter 8

Thesis: political society began from the majorities’ consent. Hereditary monarchy began from the paternal right. People enter into political society from the state of nature by giving their consent to the commonwealths freely. Structure: How political society comes into being … Continue reading

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Overview of Second Treatise

Locke begins by discussing the state of nature.  It is governed by the law of nature (reason) and it is characterized by perfect freedom as well as equality.  In chapter three Locke describes the state of war and tells us … Continue reading

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