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By Ian Adams

Fifty significant Political Thinkers introduces the lives and concepts of a few of the main influential figures in Western political idea, from historical Greece to the current day. The entries offer a desirable advent to the key figures and faculties of inspiration that experience formed modern politics, including:

  • Aristotle
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Michel Foucault
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Jurgen Habermas
  • Machiavelli
  • Karl Marx
  • Thomas Paine
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Mary Wollstonecraft.

Fully cross-referenced and together with a word list of theoretical phrases, this wide-ranging and obtainable publication is vital examining for a person with an curiosity within the evolution and historical past of latest political thought.

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In its place he advances the principle that no one is intended by God to be the natural ruler of anyone else. (We may remark in passing that Filmer has more ability as a political thinker than Locke credits him with. ) It is usual to regard the First Treatise as being mainly of antiquarian interest. It is in the Second Treatise that Locke presents his own ideas. The proper title of the treatise is 'An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent and End of Civil Government'. It takes its Page 48 / 206 departure from the point that it was the purpose of the First Treatise to establish: no one is by nature or by the divine will subject to anyone else.

Page 47 / 206 John Locke (1632-1704) John Locke was born into a Puritan family in Somerset, England. His father was a country lawyer who raised a troop of horse and fought on the parliamentary side in the Civil War. Locke went up to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1652. Like Hobbes before him, Locke found the old-fashioned Scholastic curriculum uncongenial, though his association with Christ Church was to last, with interruptions, for more than thirty years. He became a senior student - that is, a Fellow - in 1659.

In such a case the sovereign would not longer be sovereign, and his subjects would be perfectly entitled to transfer their allegiance to the conqueror: that is, to someone who is better able to protect them than the defeated former sovereign. The sovereign will be prevented from becoming a tyrant by the fact that, like everyone else, he naturally wishes to preserve a state of affairs favourable to himself. He will therefore allow his subjects as great a degree of freedom as is compatible with protecting them against internal threat and external disorder.

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