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Locke's Second Treatise of Government

Paul Kelly|
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd (29 November 2007)

John Locke's Second Treatise of Government is one of the most influential texts in the history of political theory. It is a staple of undergraduate courses throughout the English-speaking world and continues to inspire and inform contemporary debates in political philosophy. As such, it is a hugely important and exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing.

In Locke's Second Treatise of Government: A Reader's Guide, Paul Kelly offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. The book offers a detailed review of the key themes and a lucid commentary that will enable readers to rapidly navigate the text. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of the text as a whole, the guide explores the complex and important ideas inherent in the text and provides a cogent survey of the reception and influence of Locke's seminal work. This is the ideal companion to study of this most influential and challenging of texts.

Professor Paul Kelly is professor of political theory in the Government Department, LSE

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