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Reagan Bleasdell Modern Philosophy Weekly Writing #5 Prompt #1 Locke’s Locked Room Example In chapter XXI, Locke uses the analogy of a man locked in a room to illustrate that liberty is not an idea belonging to the will or volition, but an idea belonging to a person with the power to choose to act or not act. In the locked room example, a sleeping man is taken into a room and locked inside; however, in the room is someone the man has been desiring to speak with. The man, not knowing that he has been locked in the room, chooses to stay in the room with this person rather than leave. Locke is concerned with whether or not this was a voluntary decision. Locke argues that even though the man thinks he has the liberty to choose to stay in the room or to leave, he does not have freedom to not stay. Thus, he does not actually have any liberty. This is summarized by
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