Reagan BleasdellModern PhilosophyWeekly Writing #5Prompt #1Locke’s Locked Room ExampleIn chapter XXI, Locke uses the analogy of a man locked in a room to illustrate that libertyis not an idea belonging to the will or volition, but an idea belonging to a person with the powerto choose to act or not act. In the locked room example, a sleeping man is taken into a roomand 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 withthis person rather than leave.Locke is concerned with whether or not this was a voluntary decision. Locke argues thateven though the man thinks he has the liberty to choose to stay in the room or to leave, he doesnot have freedom to not stay. Thus, he does not actually have any liberty. This is summarized by
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