This is a historical study and analysis of John Locke's philosophy towards the American Declaration of Independence and his influence on the American Revolution.
# 105209 | 2,530 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Jun 30, 2008 in Political Science (U.S.) , Law (Constitution) , History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800) , History (General) , Political Science (John Locke)
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This essay analyzes the importance of John Locke's philosophy on the American Declaration of Independence of 1776. The paper analyzes various segments of Locke's "The Second Treatise of Civil Government," the philosophical influence of the 'government by consent' for American leaders who sought to create a new representational republican government. This paper argues that the basis of Locke's philosophy on governing is readily applicable to the way and manner in which personal liberties took a greater value in early America. By understanding the premise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of individual liberties, Locke's philosophy represents a major influence on how America's revolution created a republican government that denied absolutist governmental institutions within this historical period.
From the Paper:"The ultimate act of revolution must stem from a dissolution of the laws that had once formed the unity of government. Locke also proposed this solution when a government had violated its own laws, especially through the corruption of those that rule or make these laws in association with the people. For the Founding Fathers, the ideology of representational government had become paramount, as they had virtually no rights to legally debate or vote in laws that might be beneficial for them, as well as the British government. They defined these beliefs through Locke's understanding of the inherent right of those being ruled to have a legal representation, even under a monarchy..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Becker, Carl. Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas. New York: Vintage, 1958.
- Ellis, Joseph. What Did the Declaration Declare? Mill Creek, Washington: Bedford Books, 1999.
- Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Touchstone, 2003.
- "The Declaration of Independence." U.S. History.org. http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/document/index.htm (accessed September 7, 2007)
- Constitutional Rights Foundation. "The Declaration of Independence and Natural Rights." http://crf-usa.org/Foundation_docs/Foundation_lesson_declaration.htm(accessed September 7, 2007).
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