Reading questions - Locke

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Reading Questions on Locke’s Second Treatise of Government 1. What does Locke mean by “property”? Is he referring only to material objects that we own? (Hint: See Paragraph 124). 2. How does one acquire material property, according to Locke? Do you find this argument compelling? a. One challenge to Locke’s theory of acquisition: “If I own a can of tomato juice and spill it in the sea so that its molecules… mingle evenly throughout the sea, do I thereby come to own the sea, or have I foolishly dissipated my tomato juice?” (Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia, pg. 175) b. Is Locke’s theory of acquisition applicable to the modern industrialized world? How many of us have single-handedly produced the material objects that we own? c. How does the invention of money complicate Locke’s theory of
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Unformatted text preview: acquisition? (See Paragraphs 48-51) 3. Why is the state of nature “not a state of licence” (Paragraph 6)? What limits people’s freedom in the state of nature? 4. What are our natural rights, according to Locke? Where do they come from? Why are they inalienable? 5. Can Locke’s theory of natural rights (and, by extension, his whole theory of government) be separated from his theological claims? Consider, in particular, Paragraphs 6, 8, 11-13, 25-28, & 32. 6. What are the limits of natural law? (See Paragraphs 123-127) 7. What is the proper “end of government,” according to Locke? (See Paragraph 138) Is this view too individualistic? Should a normative theory of government take into account the common good as well as individual rights (in your view)?...
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