Unformatted text preview: ” (19:6-8). I enter a state of war when the stranger begins to suspiciously eye my stuff, since no action need be taken but, “a sedate settled Design, upon another Mans Life, puts him in a State of War with him against whom he has declared such an Intention” (16:3-5), and that “Design upon another Mans Life,” must not necessarily be a plan to kill but any plan that is, “an Enemy to my Preservation, who would take away that Freedom , which is the Fence to it” (17:11-12). When I catch this stranger taking my stuff, I am then authorized to kill, as Locke states, “it is Lawful for me to treat him, as one who has put himself into a State of War with me, i.e. kill him if I can” (18:8-10). If a third person were present, I could certainly be justified in killing the stranger, since he could be an unbiased judge of the events, since, “it is unreasonable for Men to be Judges in their own Cases, that Self-love will make Men partial to themselves” (13:3-5)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLS 20600 taught by Professor Roos during the Spring '07 term at Notre Dame.
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