John Locke on Private Property Analytical Essay by Top Papers

John Locke on Private Property
A review of the ideas of John Locke in his "Second Treatise of Government".
# 139020 | 1,500 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Political Science (John Locke)

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The paper assesses the fifth chapter of John Locke's "Second Treatise of Government" addressing private property and its rather repetitive claim that those who labour on the land and improve it should be allowed to own it. The paper asserts that Locke's ideas on property are imperfect but need to be assessed in terms of the time at which he wrote, the challenge facing England and the need for reform.

From the Paper:

"John Locke (1632-1704) continues to be referred to in various materials addressing the liberal democratic tradition, among the first to argue against the old order in England and its ideas of the divine right of kinds or other extreme conservatism. His life was affected to the extreme by England's experience of sectarian strife, civil war and the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1689 that made it possible for Locke to return from exile in Europe, the Protestant succession assured. Before his death, Locke's ideas were widely known to various educated persons in Britain."

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