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Reading Guide:
John Locke: Second Treatise on Government


[Note: Reading Guides are meant as review aids for a particular text. They do indicate some of the questions a text raises.]

Answer the questions below.

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  • Who was Locke? What were his qualifications for writing? Who was he writing for? What kind (genre) of literature is this?
  • What is the starting point, the underlying assumption, of Locke's arguments? What do you think is the origin of this point of view?
  • What does Locke mean by liberty?
  • What law governs all? Who wrote this law?
  • Why do human beings form into political associations?
  • What rights does Locke's theory give `the people'? What is the historical background here.
  • Read Locke, #27, Who does Locke mean when he writes about `men'? Who does consider Vassa to be a human being? Why?

Know the Meanings of these phrases/words

  • license
  • property
  • commonwealth
  • usurpation
  • magistrate
  • "body politic"