Locke Paper

Locke Paper - Darren Pinder POL 004 John Locke is...

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Darren Pinder POL 004 John Locke is considered to be one of the most influential political thinkers in Western history. According to Locke all men are by nature, “free, equal and independent,” and are entitled to follow their own religion and able to speak freely. In his work, The Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration , Locke offers the “natural right” and the “utility” argument to help support his view of government. The “natural right” argument better supports his views while the “utility” argument conflicts with his belief in peoples inherent natural rights. The “natural right argument is based on Locke’s view of the state of nature. Locke says that the state of nature, “is a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit” (4). The main point is that as men we have an inherent right to be free and do as we wish so that we may be able to live and benefit from our own labor.
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course POL 004 taught by Professor Taylor,r during the Summer '08 term at UC Davis.

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