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An Approach to Political Philosophy
Locke in Contexts

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  • Date Published: March 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521430609

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  • An Approach to Political Philosophy: Locke in Contexts brings together Professor Tully's most important and innovative statements on Locke in a systematic treatment of the latter's thought that is at once contextual and critical. Each essay has been rewritten and expanded for this volume, and each seeks to understand a theme of Locke's political philosophy by interpreting it in light of the complex contexts of early modern European political thought and practice. These historical studies are then used in a variety of ways to gain critical perspectives on the assumptions underlying current debates in political philosophy and the history of political thought. The themes treated include government, toleration, discipline, property, aboriginal rights, individualism, power, labor, self-ownership, community, progress, liberty, participation, and revolution.

    • Major general statement on Locke by one of world's leading authorities
    • Topics discussed still at centre of political debates today
    • Excellent upper-level adoption potential
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    "...an excellent introduction to John Locke's political philosophy....If the marks of excellence in a scholarly work are erudition, stylistic clarity, and a proclivity toward careful argumentation, then Tully's An Approach to Political Philosophy should be deemed an excellent work." Dialogue

    "The merits of this book are considerable... Anybody with any interest in the intellectual history of the seventeenth century should read [it]..." Journal of Modern History

    "...a challenging, thorough, erudite and insightful contribution, one of the additions which continue to enhance the series' excellence." Peter A. Schouls, Canadian Philosophical Review

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    • Date Published: March 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521430609
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.637kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Philosophy of Limited Government:
    1. An introduction to Locke's political philosophy
    Part II. Property Disputes:
    2. After the Macpherson thesis
    3. The framework of natural rights in Locke's analysis of property
    4. Differences in the interpretation of Locke on property
    5. Rediscovering America: the two treatises and aboriginal rights
    Part III. Governing Subjects:
    6. Governing conduct: Locke on the reform of thought and behaviour
    7. Rights in abilities
    8. Progress and scepticism
    Part IV. Freedom and Revolution:
    9. Liberty and natural law
    10. Political freedom.

  • Author

    James Tully, McGill University, Montréal

    General Editor

    Quentin Skinner

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