POLI REC LOCKE 1 (1) - government, puts himself under an...

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“Those who are united into one body, and have a common established law and judicature to appeal to, with authority to decide controversies between them, and punish offenders, are in civil society one with another: but those who have no such common appeal, I mean on earth, are still in the state of nature, each being, where there is no other, judge for himself, and executioner; which is, as I have before shewed it, the perfect state of nature” (Locke and Macpherson). “The only way whereby any one divests himself of his natural liberty, and puts on the bonds of civil society, is by agreeing with other men to join and unite into a community for their comfortable, safe, and peaceable living one amongst another, in a secure enjoyment of their properties, and a greater security against any, that are not of it” (Locke and Macpherson). “And thus every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic under one
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Unformatted text preview: government, puts himself under an obligation, to every one of that society, to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded by it (Locke and Macpherson). For if the consent of the majority shall not, in reason, be received as the act of the whole, and conclude every individual; nothing but the consent of every individual can make any thing to be the act of the whole; but such a consent is next to impossible ever to be had (Locke and Macpherson). Sources: Locke, John, and Crawford Macpherson. Second treatise of government. Hackett Publishing Company, 1980. Print. Tuckness, Alex, "Locke's Political Philosophy", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2010 Edition) , Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2010/entries/locke-political/>....
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course SOCI 100 taught by Professor Mcgee during the Spring '10 term at East Carolina University .

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