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Unformatted text preview: "Second T reatise of Civil Government" L ocke Assignment 1. Locke describes the state of nature as power; this is described by a man’s way of r unning their own life with no in fluence from others. A man is able to do things as he desires and govern his own life. 2. Men leave the law of nature to form a political society because one man cannot be s topped from doing wrong to another man if it is a benefit ting way to him in life. An order also restricts their previous freedom, but also protects them. 3. The social contract in Locke’s essay is a contract between society and men. Men are r eady to give up the equality, liberty, and power in the state of nature to society and society agrees to defend his liberty and property. 4. The conditions under which a government can be broken by the social contract are one authority making laws that is binding to all people, like making a law that benefits one and harms the rest. If you don’t have the authority to punish then you cannot do so. 5. Locke and Jefferson’s philosophies are very similar, both believe in the power of the people and their way to end governments that do not properly represent them. “ When, in the course of human events, i t becomes necessary for one people to d issolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind r equires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”. ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course HISTORY 1302 taught by Professor Nazzal during the Spring '10 term at HCCS.
- Spring '10