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Unformatted text preview: kind of liberty. It should not be confused with a Lockean conception of liberty, or the freedom to do whatever one wants. Critics point to the self-interestedness, asociality, and inflexibility inherent in Lockes doctrine. They feel the teaching is too harsh, too reductionist, too atomisticthat it focuses on the individual in a way that makes individualism and the freedom that goes along with it no longer desirable. These critics are right. If individuals are always asocial and self-interested, if their actions are always determined by absolute and unchanging lawsif the modern scientific picture is simply truewhat does Locke mean by freedom? Do liberty and morality truly have a place in Lockean liberalism? The conception of the state of nature Montesquieu differs extremely from that of Locke....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 337 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Trinity College, Hartford.
- Spring '08