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John Locke
A discussion on John Locke's second treatise on civil government.
# 88005 | 900 words | 1 source | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Law (Civil) , Literature (American) , Political Science (John Locke)


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This paper consists of four separate answers to four separate questions on John Locke's second treatise on civil government. The questions cover specific range of topics, but are largely limited to material taken from the first five chapters of the book. Topics considered are Locke's natural state of man, the law of nature and the illegitimate construction of political power.

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"In the case of an imagined scenario in which I have been confronted by a burglar who has not yet seen me or the 32 caliber pistol I have (and doesn't know what a good shot I am), I must consider carefully what my impulsive reaction would be. Though it is difficult to ascertain exactly how I might react in such an extreme situation, I can answer from a theoretical perspective. My impulse, I believe, would be to immediately confront the burglar and force him off the premises with the threat of the gun. However, I would not hesitate to shoot if he failed to comply or offered up any resistance. I think his would be best because I do not believe that shooting on sight without warning is a very judicious and is often the precursor of mistaken deaths. However, in this position I would feel fully justified in ..."

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