An Approach to Political Philosophy: Locke in Contexts by James Tully

By James Tully

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An method of Political Philosophy: Locke in Contexts brings jointly Professor Tully's most vital and leading edge statements on Locke in a scientific remedy of the latter's idea that's immediately contextual and significant. each one essay has been rewritten and multiplied for this quantity, and every seeks to appreciate a topic of Locke's political philosophy via studying it in gentle of the advanced contexts of early smooth eu political idea and perform. those old reviews are then utilized in various how you can achieve serious views at the assumptions underlying present debates in political philosophy and the heritage of political proposal. the topics taken care of contain executive, toleration, self-discipline, estate, aboriginal rights, individualism, energy, hard work, self-ownership, group, growth, liberty, participation, and revolution.


" very good advent to John Locke's political philosophy....If the marks of excellence in a scholarly paintings are erudition, stylistic readability, and a proclivity towards cautious argumentation, then Tully's An method of Political Philosophy will be deemed an exceptional work." Dialogue

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36 No one was willing to grant that the people either individually or collectively had the capacity to exercise political power themselves. In positing individual popular sovereignty Locke thus repudiates 500 years of elite political holism and reconceptualizes the origins of political power in a radically populist way. 45 (pp. 457-64, 501-2). The pamphlets of the Exclusion Crisis and 1689 a ^ so conform to these conventions (see below, note 86). of Mr Hobbes, his Leviathan (London: 1657) 15. 211 note.

21). 20). 176). 11). 17). By these means Locke stretches the traditional justifications of defence to the generalized right of proceeding against natural lawbreakers. 16. 26 A PHILOSOPHY OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT an act of self-defence, but as a juridical contest of decision by arms. 49 The reworking of conventional legal arguments for resistance is complemented by an innovation in the content of natural law. 50 Accordingly, the basic concept of natural law that was said to guide and legitimate legislation was the law of self-preservation.

Dent and Son, 1984), 169-83. 36 A PHILOSOPHY OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT is judge, what kind of a remedy is absolute monarchy 'where one Man commanding a multitude, has the Liberty to be Judge in his own Case, and may do to all his Subjects whatever he pleases, without the least liberty to any one to question or controle those who Execute his Pleasure'? 13). Rather, Locke advances a more plausible history of the formation of states. While still self-governing, people were used to entrusting their authority to a single ruler to lead them in time of war, although they retained the right, exercised in ad hoc councils, to declare war and peace.

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